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Life After Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery Diet

Life After Surgery

“Thank you. I have got back my life” is one of the commonest statements made by bariatric surgery patients. As weight is lost, there is an incredible increase in vitality, levels of energy and general well-being. Bariatric surgery patients gain enormous self- confidence and notice remarkable changes in personal and social aspects of their lives. As discussed in the “Understanding Obesity Surgery” section, surgery can cure many of the illnesses caused by obesity. This means that patients do not have to take most, or even all, of their medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and several other diseases. The freedom from being forced to take pills or injections several times a day is a hugely liberating experience. In short, it is a “new, healthier you” after bariatric surgery.

There is no restriction on any activity after bariatric surgery. Patients usually go home on the second or third day after surgery and may immediately resume day-to-day activity. There is mild pain from the keyhole incisions (cuts) for the initial 1-2 weeks after surgery and patients may need to take a pain-killer. Depending on the type of occupation, 1-2 weeks leave from work is advised. There is no need for bed rest. Brisk walking is good exercise and is recommended immediately after discharge from hospital. Detailed advice on diet is given by our specialist dieticians. Patients start drinking liquids on the morning after surgery and should take only liquids for two weeks after surgery. After two weeks, patients progress to eating very soft food and should continue with only soft food for further 3-4 weeks. By around 6 weeks after surgery, patients take normal, healthy food but in small quantities.

Bariatric surgery is a fantastic tool to transform the life of an obese person - like any great tool; it needs to be used properly in order to gain the maximum benefit. A healthy diet and regular exercise must become a routine part of the life-style. Change is not easy - membership of a bariatric surgery patients’ support group and counseling with a specialist counselor or psychotherapist can be very useful. It is also crucial that regular appointments are kept with the surgeon and with a dietician.