Bariatric surgery is the first step on the road to a new life. If your partner is having weight loss surgery, he or she will need help in the immediate time after the procedure as well as support as he or she makes lifestyle changes. If you are looking for ways to be supportive as your partner recovers from weight loss surgery, consider these strategies.
Take on Some Extra Responsibilities
Your partner will be limited in the activities he or she can do after surgery. It will add additional stress if his or her usual responsibilities in the home go undone. Be mindful of the things that your partner usually does, whether it is going to the grocery shop or driving the kids to school, and take on those tasks, so your partner is free to focus on recovery. Although this may add to your usual workload and require some changes to your schedule, giving your partner the ability to concentrate on his or her own diet, activity, and healing will help expedite recovery. That being said, your partner level of activity should be increasing hour by hour and day by day, walking, and light activities should be encouraged, almost immediately after surgery, such activities are crucial for healing, and prevention of problems; such as blood clots and respiratory issues. your doctor will explain to you about the activity level each patient should be at, which could be different according to time from surgery, and each patient’s condition.
Be Available and Patient
As a caretaker, you may sometimes feel frustrated with the extra pressure on your shoulders or want to do something other than be by your partner’s side. However, simply being present and available is important. Be patient, and help your loved one be patient with his or her own recovery as well.
Learn About the Next Steps
Find out what kind of diet your partner will be following, so you can be as supportive as possible during this transition. If you don’t plan to eat the same things, keep temptations away from your partner, and resist the urge to pressure him or her to forgo a healthy eating plan.
Having the right support after bariatric surgery is key to successful weight loss. You can learn much more about bariatric surgery in Houston and find out if you’re a candidate by making an appointment at Bariatric Care Centers. Call (713) 339-1353 for more information.
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.