One of the most common and effective weight loss procedures, gastric bypass surgery has proven to help countless patients transition from a state of obesity to an ideal body weight. The operation reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses a portion of the digestive system to reduce appetite and aid in weight loss. As with any surgery, patients must take the necessary gastric bypass preparation steps to ensure their safety and success during and after the procedure. Here are a few of Dr. Andrei’s top recommendations for patients to consider before their gastric bypass.
Diet and Exercise
Although it might seem odd to attempt weight loss before undergoing gastric bypass surgery, it’s highly recommended – and often necessary – for patients to do so. This is because pre-operative weight loss has shown to deliver several benefits, including:
- A higher rate of post-surgical weight loss over 12 months compared to those who don’t lose weight before their gastric bypass
- Reducing the liver to an appropriate size, thus decreasing the risk of surgical complications
- Ability to carry momentum into your post-operative weight loss journey and aid in long-term success
As a result, many physicians and insurance companies require that patients lose at least 8% of their excess fat prior to surgery. Dr. Andrei and the team at Bariatric Associates, P.A. will develop a calorie-restricted diet for you to follow. We will also encourage you to start an exercise routine to accelerate this weight loss, build up your physical endurance, and give you a head start in reaching your post-operative goals.
Positive Lifestyle Changes
Aside from adopting a healthy diet and forming a regular exercise routine, a vital part of gastric bypass preparation entails discontinuing harmful lifestyle habits. For instance, smoking has proven to significantly increase the risk of complications following bariatric surgery. For this reason, many physicians require their bariatric patients to be free of tobacco and nicotine for at least three months before receiving a gastric bypass.
In addition, alcohol and sugary beverages are a significant source of liquid calories and should be eliminated before undergoing surgery. To keep you healthy and hydrated preceding your gastric bypass, doctors recommend drinking 64 ounces of water each day and cutting alcohol, soda, energy drinks, and others completely from your diet.
Many patients struggle with anxiety, fear, and other emotions when preparing for gastric bypass surgery. From worrying about the procedure itself to coping with the loss of their favorite high-calorie foods, the process can take a toll on a patient’s mental health. That’s why it’s important to mentally prepare yourself for this life-changing event and seek out a support system to help you through this potentially challenging time. You may benefit from the following:
- Setting realistic goals
- Joining our support group
- Attending our seminars
- Seeking advice from previous bariatric patients
- Keeping a journal about your diet and other healthy lifestyle changes
- Registering for workshops with Dr. Andrei
Consult with Dr. Andrei
With these gastric bypass preparation tips top of mind, your weight loss journey is sure to begin on a positive note. If you have any specific questions or concerns about your impending surgery or are wondering if a gastric bypass is the right option for you, request an appointment at Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates, P.A. today.