When you are struggling with obesity and seeking an effective treatment, weight loss surgery could be the solution for you. However, the care you receive after bariatric surgery is as crucial to weight loss success as the surgery itself. If you are considering bariatric surgery, ask your physician about why aftercare is so important, so you can make an informed decision about the commitment you are making.
Bariatric surgery has a physical component, but the changes you experience after surgery go far beyond a difference in the size of your stomach. As your body changes, you will need to change your eating habits, your approach to fitness, your medications, and often, your relationships with people. It is helpful to have experts guide you through these changes so you develop healthy new habits and maintain a positive attitude with realistic expectations. After weight loss surgery, your surgeon and his or her staff, plus a nutrition coach, personal trainer, and even a therapist, may be helpful parts of your journey.
After surgery, you will need to learn a new way of eating. Eating after bariatric surgery differs from what you know about healthy eating. It is important to choose the right foods to support healthy weight loss and to give you the nutrients you need. Before surgery, you may be asked to adopt a bariatric diet to begin to make these shifts, and after surgery, extensive, ongoing education about choosing the right foods will be an important part of your success.
Frequently, after weight loss surgery, patients benefit from making connections with people who have had similar experiences. Often, surgery centers can connect patients with support groups to help them as they transition to a new lifestyle. This kind of support can be enormously beneficial, as you may experience symptoms, successes, and frustrations that your medical team can’t appreciate unless they have been through the process themselves.
At Bariatric Care Centers, providing weight loss surgery in Houston is only one of the ways we help our patients reach their goals of healthier living. Our extensive post-operative support services help to ensure that you will thrive after your procedure.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.