Bariatric surgery is a procedure that alters your digestive system to help you lose weight. There are many types of bariatric surgeries, such as a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric balloon etc. Regardless of which procedure you may have done, your body will go through major changes. It's important to be aware of life after bariatric surgery, and what adjustments you may have to make to your daily life to ensure the best possible long-term results. Bariatric surgery can help patients lose sometimes upwards of 100 pounds. The challenge often can be stepping into the new lifestyle after surgery. Here are a few ways life will be different after bariatric surgery
1. Changes in Diet
Since your gastrointestinal system has changed drastically, it will have different needs when it comes to your diet. After your surgery, your nutritionist/coach will sit down with you and discuss the best possible diet for you. For some, this may initially be a liquid to allow your stomach to adjust. The liquid diet would be followed with a pureed food and then eventually a solid food diet. It’s important to know that as your progress through life after surgery, your dietary needs will change. Your body will also find it more difficult to get the hydration it needs, meaning it will be important for you to drink at least 64 oz of fluids a day. Getting a sufficient amount of fluids can help you avoid complications such as kidney stones, constipation, and dehydration. Your body will also need daily supplements such as physician approved Multivitamins, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin B12 among others. For the actual content of your food, items rich in protein are ideal. It’s also vital that you avoid foods high in sugar and fats, because these can seriously hinder your good health.