What To Expect After Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

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If you’ve decided to have weight loss surgery, you’re life is about to change for the better. But now that you’ve got the body that you’ve always wanted, you need to ensure that you’re taking measures so that you don’t end up gaining weight again. The best way to be proactive about your weight is to follow the three following rules:

Eat Smaller Meals – Eating smaller meals throughout the day will prevent you from eating large portions all at once as well as help you to avoid snacking. It will also give you more energy.

Eat Healthy – If you have poor eating habits, then it’s time to change. You need to put the best fuel into your body- not fast food or junk food. The better you eat, the better you’ll look and feel.

Exercise – Most people were probably hoping that exercise wouldn’t be included on this list, but you really need to get over it. Exercise will not only help you to stay slim, but it also helps you to look younger, be more energetic, and will increase mobility, as you age.

So now that we got that unpleasantness out of the way, let’s answer some other questions that you may have about the procedure.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

This is a question that you should ask your doctor, but, you can lose a lot of weight from weight loss surgery. And depending on how much you currently weigh, you may be unrecognizable to your friends and family after the procedure.

How Long Will It Take to Recover?

On average, most people will spend about two to three days in the hospitable. You should be able to exercise again within about 30 days.

What are the Side Effects?

Everything has potential side effects, and not everyone will experience them, but there are a low percentage who may (ranging from minor to serious).

The most common side effects from weight loss surgery are:

  • Constipation
  • Gall Stones
  • Dumping Syndrome
  • Blood Cots
  • Leaks
  • Blood in Stool

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Pre-Surgery Tips From Medical Staff

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Whether it is a simple surgery, such as having your wisdom teeth or tonsils out, or something more complicated, like open heart surgery, there are steps you can take to make surgery easier on yourself.  Being informed and feeling in control can help you reduce the stress of surgery.  Follow these pre-surgery tips from medical staff to make your surgery experience go more smoothly.

Follow Guidelines

During your pre-op consult you will be given instructions.  These instructions will most likely include when to stop eating and drinking before surgery.  It is very important that you follow these instructions.  Failure to do so can result in having your surgery rescheduled, for your own safety.

Personal Hygiene

Do bathe before coming to the hospital for your surgery.  Many times you will be given a special soap to cleanse with.  However, you can wash your hair and face with products you would normally use.

Bring Help for Outpatient Surgery

If you are having an outpatient procedure, be sure to bring someone with you.  This person can assist you to the vehicle and drive you home.  You should not drive yourself after having any kind of surgical procedure.

Skip the Valuables

Whenever possible, leave all of your valuables at home.  Jewelry, cash, and credit cards have no place in the hospital.  The hospital staff cannot be responsible for any valuables that become missing during your stay.  If you must bring a valuable with you, leave it with your support person.

Comfort, not Fashion

On the day of your surgery, go for comfort not fashion.  Your clothing should be comfortable and loose fitting.  A shirt that buttons down the front is best, as well as lose, easily removable pants.  Do not wear any jewelry, including body piercing jewelry.  Do not use any lotion, gels, powders, deodorants, or hairsprays on the day of your surgery.  Do not wear any metal, such as bobby pins, hair clips, or beads.  Bring any storage containers for glasses, hearing aids, contact lenses, or dentures.

Surgery can be a time of great stress.  However, being prepared and knowing what to expect can make your surgical day go smoother.

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What Are The Most Expensive Elective Surgeries?

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Nowadays, doctors are routinely called upon to perform surgery not for health reasons but for cosmetic purposes. These procedures are popular among men and women alike. Among the most expensive elective surgeries are:

Pectoral Augmentation

The pectoral muscles are those that cover most of the chest body. The common misconception is that only women are concerned with this part of the body but many from both genders actually aim to enhance their chest. Men usually avail of this procedure to get a more beefy look without having to lift a lot of weights.

Facelift

One of the telltale signs of aging is sagging skin on the face. This is particularly prominent on areas around the cheeks and neck. Wrinkles start to appear and fine lines get deeper. Some people describe it as looking that the face is falling down. It is only fitting then that the procedure to turn back the clock is called “facelift”. Excess fats are removed and the skin is pulled for a tighter look.

Knee Lift

The area above the knee can also start to sag for people with excess weight and advanced age. There is nothing with this unless it makes walking uncomfortable. Knee lift involves cutting through the knee and removing the saggy mass at the top. It takes time to heal from this procedure so it should be followed with a long period of rest and limited mobility.

Brow Lift

The forehead and the eyebrows have not escaped the cosmetic surgeon’s hands. Although Botox remains to be the trendy way of achieving instant lift, it is a temporary solution and there are side effects that some are not keen on. The brow lift is more of a long-term solution to wrinkles but it still isn’t a guaranteed permanent fix.

Calf Augmentation

For body builders looking for that edge, calf augmentation has become an attractive proposition. These muscles are notoriously difficult to work on at the gym and so surgery has become an alternative.

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