Bariatric surgery can change your life. It not only improves your weight, but it affects your health, your ability to get around, your outlook, and your self-confidence. Clearly, there are numerous benefits.
Our goal at Eastside Bariatric & General Surgery in Snellville, Georgia, is to ensure that you walk a productive path toward success after the surgery. Dr. Aliu O. Sanni and our team can give you the guidance you need so you can experience what the surgery offers and so you can thrive and live your best life.
Here’s where to begin after your bariatric surgery:
Right after your surgery, we provide an overview of what your diet looks like. In the first days, you can expect to only drink small amounts of clear liquids to help your stomach avoid stretching as it heals.
Your next phase involves eating a puréed diet, which means putting solid foods into a blender or a food processor before consumption. You should also be careful to avoid spicy foods.
In the third stage, you graduate to eating easy-to-chew foods, such as canned fruits, baked fish, and soft-boiled eggs. Eat very small bites and chew your food well.
During the fourth stage, which occurs about two months after surgery, you begin to eat solid food. Be sure to chop food into very small pieces. You don’t want to cause a blockage in your now much smaller stomach.
If you experience any kind of pain, nausea, or vomiting, refrain from those foods that might be causing your body to respond in this way.
After your surgery, we walk you through these phases at every turn, monitoring you to make sure your body experiences a healthy introduction to food.
Adjusting your food intake means you might be missing out on getting the nutrients your body needs.
We provide recommendations for vitamins and supplements to keep your body properly nourished. To help you remember to take them daily, set them near your toothbrush as a reminder.
We encourage you to drink 64 ounces of fluids a day. Half of your liquids should be clear without any added sugar or protein. The other half can contain protein supplements or come from full liquids. Just be sure to sip slowly throughout the day. All drinks should be free of caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and carbonation.
One of the main reasons to exercise regularly is because of how it can make you feel. When you exert energy, your body releases hormones, which make you feel good, and it also suppresses your appetite. Exercise is known to benefit almost every organ in your body.
As you continue your post-surgery diet, adding consistent exercise can help you lose more weight, maintain your weight loss, and help you live an overall healthier life.
You might be surprised to learn that you play a big role in the continued success of your surgery, but it’s true. Following our guidance and taking care of your body can give you the results you expect and change your life for the better.
To learn more or to book a consultation with Dr. Sanni, call our friendly office staff today at 201-565-0876 or click here to check appointment availability.