Gastric bypass surgery is the second-most commonly used approach for surgical weight loss. It can be particularly effective for patients with morbid obesity or poorly controlled diabetes. During this procedure, the bariatric surgeon will create a smaller stomach pouch and reroute the intestines. These alterations help patients eat less and allow their bodies to absorb fewer nutrients for food. Although gastric bypass surgery can be quite effective, it’s still crucial to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions and to avoid making the following mistakes.
Developing Nutritional Deficiencies
After a gastric bypass, it’s essential to take vitamin and mineral supplements as instructed by the doctor. Otherwise, you’re at risk of developing nutritional deficiencies because your body cannot absorb as many nutrients from the food you eat. Additionally, remember that you won’t be eating nearly as much as you used to. This means that the food you do eat must be high-quality and nutrient-dense. Avoid empty calories from soda and junk food.
Dehydration can be a major concern for bariatric surgery patients. In fact, it’s a common reason for readmission to the hospital. Dehydration may be indicated by headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, among other symptoms. Avoid dehydration by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times and sipping from it frequently.
Drinking During Meals
Although you’ll need to drink plenty of water throughout the day, you should avoid consuming a beverage with your meals. There is limited space in your stomach and if you fill up on water, you won’t be able to get the nutrients from food that your body needs. Instead, drink before and after meals.
Avoiding the Gym
It’s a common misconception that the surgery will do all the work of losing the weight and the patient won’t have to exercise. But patients who fail to exercise regularly quickly find that it is indeed possible to experience slower weight loss or to regain the weight they’ve lost.
Bariatric Care Centers is a leading provider of gastric bypass surgery in Houston. Our highly trained bariatric surgeon also performs gastric band revision surgeries and gastric sleeve procedures. If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and think weight loss surgery might be right for you, give us a call today at 713-339-1353.
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.