If you or a loved one has gone through weight loss surgery, you may be wondering if you’ll experience anger after gastric sleeve surgery. Surgery can be tough in any situation, but there are some weight loss surgery types that come with side effects.
WeightWise cares about you and your mental health, even after the procedure is done. We’ve compiled this comprehensive guide for those experiencing anger after gastric sleeve placement and how they can find ways to cope with those feelings.
What’s a gastric sleeve?
The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a restrictive procedure that removes approximately 70% to 80% of the stomach. This leaves the stomach in the shape of a tube or “sleeve” roughly the size and shape of a hot dog. It is typically done on individuals with severe excess weight
This bariatric procedure is a highly effective process that causes hormonal changes that reduce hunger. The hormonal disturbance lasts for about a year, and the small tube of the stomach limits food intake. Hopefully, this will help the patient to lose weight and keep it off in the process.
Individuals who should consider the gastric sleeve procedure include the following:
- Those who are concerned about the potential long-term side effects of an intestinal bypass.
- Those who are concerned about a foreign object inside the abdomen.
- Individuals who take anti-inflammatory medications.
Does weight loss surgery cause mood swings?
Losing weight quickly seems like something that would boost one’s mood immediately. However, many post-op individuals report feelings of depression and anxiety fueled by unpredictable mood swings.
Typically, we see mental health deterioration post-bariatric surgery due to a combination of lifestyle and diet changes. The post-surgery transition is often difficult for patients, especially those without support from friends and family.
For the most part, bariatric patients are advised to maintain a restrictive, low-carb diet. This is believed to be one of the main culprits for mood changes. Dietary restrictions can be difficult for those who suffer from binge eating disorders or have an unhealthy relationship with food.
Tips and Tricks
Although this post explores mood changes such as anger after gastric sleeve surgery, it doesn’t mean that it’s a guaranteed side effect for all patients. There are many individuals who don’t experience mood changes whatsoever. Additionally, studies have shown that there is actually greater long-term success mental health-wise following bariatric surgery. The findings showed a correlation between weight loss surgery and improved mental health over time in comparison to individuals who did not receive surgery.
Here are some helpful tips and tricks for avoiding negative mood changes post-op:
- Journaling: Journaling is a great way to acknowledge your feelings and look at them through a separate lens. Quite often we will push aside our feelings or try to instantly invalidate them. However, this can potentially lead to more issues.
- Be kind to yourself: This is absolutely key during your recovery. Many individuals are very hard on themselves, and this can cause especially vulnerable patients to turn to harmful practices like binge eating or substance abuse.
- Get outside: Getting some fresh air can be very helpful for avoiding depressive episodes (and it can help to maintain your weight loss). Those who suffer from depression typically find it difficult to leave the house or even their bed.
- Talk to a loved one: Verbalizing any negative feelings to a loved one is key to avoiding depressive shutdowns. The recovery process can be difficult, and you don’t need to do it alone.
Are you or a loved one thinking about taking the next steps towards weight loss surgery? Contact WeightWise today to learn more about the process, or even check out our success stories to see for yourself!