Undergoing a weight loss surgery has a great impact on one’s life and surroundings. It has the ability to alter every aspect of your life. It makes you feel better, look better and be more energetic. This also calls for a number of psychological changes as well. It can also have a great impact on your personal relationships and alter the way you react to situations happening around you.
So, before undergoing an obesity surgery it is very necessary to know what to expect and to judge your sincerity and commitment towards it. Here are a few important changes you have to face post the surgery.
The term of your recovery depends on the surgery you undergo. Recovery from adjustable gastric banding is a lot faster than the recovery from more complex surgeries like gastric bypass. It is necessary to consult your doctor before you set unrealistic expectations related to the benefits of the surgery. The surgeon will be able to give you a clear picture of what to expect and what not expect.
Post surgical effects of the surgery may include infections, pneumonia, leakage around the reconnected stomach and blood clots. At a later stage, it may even include development of hernia or bowel obstruction. Rare cases of band slippage or erosion around the band site may also occur.
Weight loss surgery will gradually change your eating habits. You will not be able to eat huge amount of food at a time and will be full by eating minor quantities. You will also need to chew well and eat protein rich food at regular intervals.
Prior to the surgery, when you ate more, getting necessary nutrients was easy but post surgery you need to eat less so every morsel you gulp in really counts! It is advisable to take a post surgery diet well in advance. Moreover, depending on the surgery you undergo you may have a risk of attracting iron, calcium or vitamin deficiencies.
Depending on the surgical procedure, one may lose weight for 2-3 years post surgery. There are a number of other benefits too. If diabetic, you may witness an improvement. The same applies to people suffering from high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and various other co-morbidities. But also remember that obesity surgery is not a permanent cure. Improper dietary habits and carelessness may gradually expand your stomach size back to what it was allowing more food intake and encouraging weight gain all over again. So, it is very necessary to consult a surgeon and understand the pros and cons of the surgery before opting for it.