How much weight you lose after surgery depends on:
- Your age
- Weight before surgery
- Overall condition of your health
- Surgical procedure performed
- Ability to exercise
- Commitment to maintaining dietary guidelines and other follow-up care
Your commitment to the program and the cooperation of family and friends is very important. Success is usually defined as losing 50% or more of your excess body weight and staying at that level for at least five years.
Patients with a higher body mass index tend to lose more total weight. Patients with lower initial BMI's will lose a greater percentage of their excess weight. They are also more likely come closer to their ideal body weight.
Patients with Type 2 diabetes tend to show less overall weight loss than patients without Type 2 diabetes. The surgery helps improve and control many obesity-related health conditions.
The physical changes in your anatomy will require permanent changes in your eating habits. They are key for successful weight loss. The following are some tips
for bariatric patients:
- Drink slowly.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Take sips of water throughout the day.
- Eat protein foods first.
- Wait 30 minutes after eating to start drinking fluids.
- Don't drink fluids while eating because they can make you feel full before you have consumed enough food.
- Chew foods very well.
- Eat six Small meals per day.
- Avoid sugar.
- Take your vitamins and minerals.
- Monitor your food and fluid intake by keeping a food diary.
- Make healthy food choices.
- Make exercise a daily habit.
- Participate in support groups and dietician counseling.
Going Back to Work
Your ability to get back to pre-surgery levels of activity will depend on:
- Your physical condition
- The nature of the activity
- The type of weight loss surgery you had.
Many people are back to their pre-surgery level of activities within six weeks. Those who had a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure may be able to return to their usual activities within a few weeks.
Birth Control & Pregnancy
Women of childbearing age should not become pregnant during the first 18- to 24- months after weight loss surgery. Pregnancy places extra demands on your body and increases the chances for fetal damage.
Although the short-term effects of weight loss surgery are well understood, there are still questions to be answered about the long-term effects on nutrition and body systems. Nutritional deficiencies that occur over the course of many years still need to be studied. Over time, patients need periodic checks for Vitamin B12, folate and iron levels. Your Loma Linda Bariatric surgery team will help you through this. You will see our dietician at 2-weeks, 6-weeks and 3-months along with your surgical post up visits, to make sure that you are achieving the health that you are seeking. Additionally, we want to make sure that you are in touch with your primary care physician, who our team will also be communicating with throughout your recovery period.
The Weight Loss Surgery Program holds a monthly support group that is free and open to everyone. This is a great place to talk about your personal and medical issues. We know weight loss surgery will not fix the issues that years of morbid obesity might have caused. Support groups help patients heal both spiritually and mentally. Support is critical to success.