Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a mix of different procedures to help with weight loss. It’s a relatively faster way to help those who are obese in the process of losing weight. However, losing weight is in no way a fast process and does take some time to get back to your normal day-to-day life. As a result, here are 3 very important things you must know before you proceed with your weight loss surgery.
Before we dive in, it’s important to know that weight loss surgery is safe. However, you must be prepared to deal with the sudden results and changes to your body. Having said that, here is what you should know before undergoing weight loss or bariatric surgery.
Prepare to Deal With Excess Skin
You may or may not be aware that weight loss surgery leaves you with excess skin that is loose and wrinkly. How much excess skin will be left really depends on the state you were in before the surgery. In any case, there will be excess skin to some extent. The more weight removed the more excess skin there will be. As a result, you must prepare for this mentally and be sure that you won’t regret doing the surgery after it is done. Although, there is surgery to deal with the excess skin as well.
Expect Diet Changes After the Surgery
Here comes an even harder change to bear after you’re done with the weight loss surgery. Changing your diet or quitting something like smoking, drinking alcohol or soda can be quite difficult. However, all doctors will urge you to quit. All of these things by themselves are bad. However, drinking soda, for example, can cause infections or may force your wounds from the surgery open. It’s too big a risk to take which is why you should always follow the new diet that your doctors will give you.
Make Sure Someone Is By Your Side After the Surgery
After most types of surgery, you probably won’t be able to take care of yourself easily for a few days. Well, it’s the same with weight loss surgery as well. You will need to have someone to help drive you back home and help out with important chores. In addition, moving around may not come with such ease for the first few days after the surgery as well. As a result, having someone to help out is crucial. This will also ensure that you don’t stay at the hospital for too long and be on your way home sooner.
Focusing on being prepared for such a surgery is very important. You will want to make sure that you make all necessary preparations before your surgery date. This includes being mentally and physically prepared, having the will to change your diet and deal with the sudden change, and having someone by your side throughout the entire process.