Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery, more commonly known as weight loss surgery has radically transformed the way we treat problems of obesity and overweight. It is usually performed on people who have a BMI greater than 35 and are at the risk of developing obesity related complications such as heart disease, type II diabetes etc. 

Bariatric surgery helps in losing weight either by limiting our food intake or by limiting the amount of nutrients absorbed by our body. However, it is no magic trick. People opting for bariatric surgery have to be prepared to commit to permanent lifestyle and dietary changes to ensure long term results of the procedure and prevent weight gain. 

How you prepare for the procedure also goes a long way in deciding the amount of weight you lose after the procedure and ensuring that the weight stays gone. 

Dr Mayank Madan – Bariatric Surgery expert at the CK Birla Hospital, which is known to be the best hospital for bariatric surgery in Gurgaon, gives a few tips on how to best prepare for bariatric surgery. 

1 Educate yourself about weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery is only a part of the treatment (for obesity). There are a number of factors that can decide the outcome. Use the time you have before the surgery to speak to other patients who have undergone the procedure. Read books, articles and experts about what to expect from the surgery. Many patients often face disappointment after having unreasonable expectations from the procedure.

2 Quit smoking

Smoking and consuming tobacco is a strict no after the surgery, as it increases the risk of developing complications such as blood clots, stokes etc. To avoid going through tobacco withdrawal after the surgery, it is best that you quit before the procedure.

3 Make dietary changes

Changing your diet is a significant aspect of the weight loss procedure. Try to eat three regular meals and restrict snacking to one to two times a day (in extremely small quantities). Maintain a gap of at least 4 hours between your last meal and bedtime. Consume more protein, fresh fruits and vegetables (fibre rich foods) and avoid sugar and fats.

4 Track your food and water intake

Tracking your eating and drinking habits can help you understand where you can cut down and where you should increase intake. Many of us consume way less water than what is recommended or eat meals at the wrong times. Make gradual changes for long lasting effects.

5 Begin an exercise routine

Exercising can be tough initially. Power through those muscle aches and keep at it. Even if it does not show any obvious signs initially, exercising is extremely important even after the surgery. It will be easier for you, especially if you developed the habit before the procedure.

6 Avoid binging

Do not give in to temptation and end up gaining more weight before the procedure thanks to the “last favourite meal(s)”. Many of us are guilty of this. Eating our favourite dish one last time before we have to adhere to strict restrictions. This will not only make it tougher for you to part with your favourite dish but also reduce the amount of weight you lose from the surgery.

7 Don’t overlook your psychological health

Obesity and overweight can have serious psychological impacts, especially on our self-esteem and confidence. It is essential that you do not overlook this. Understand why you are trying to lose weight and keep yourself motivated. Take help from friends and family during your weight loss journey. Join support groups to interact with people going through similar experiences.

The outcome of the surgery is decided to a large extent by the efforts you put into it. This includes your pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery lifestyle. If you are trying to learn more about bariatric surgery and are wondering if it is the right option for you, you can reach Dr Mayank Madan, top bariatric surgery expert in Gurgaon by calling +91 124 4882200 or you can book your appointment from here


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