Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and other weight loss surgeries are well known. But most people are still surprised at all the changes that are in store for them after surgery.
Weight loss surgery will change your weight, your health, your energy levels and more. Here are some of the effects you can expect once you recover from weight loss surgery.
You’ll Lose a Lot of Weight Over Several Years
People who have gastric bypass lose about 65 to 75 percent of their excess body weight. For those 100 pounds overweight, a loss of 65 to 75 pounds is typical
Weight loss is rapid in the first months after surgery. After that, you may continue to lose at a slower rate for another year of two. Gastric sleeve has a similar rate of loss as gastric bypass, but for some people gastric band doesn’t result in enough loss.
Weight loss surgery is the most successful means for morbidly obese people to lose weight. But, as you can see from the numbers, many patients will still carry extra weight. That shouldn’t discourage you from surgery. The health benefits of shedding excess weight are significant.
You’ll Feel Full On Less Food
After surgery your stomach pouch is small. You may feel full and satisfied after eating a small amount.
You’ll need to eat slowly, take small bites & chew thoroughly, and be careful to eat highly nutritious food.You will find that you are now satisfied with 3 small meals each day even if you needed snacks before surgery.
While staying hydrated is important, it’s often advisable not to drink fluids with your meals. Your dietitian will advise you on your post-bariatric diet.
You Will Require Supplements
Due to the limitations of your pouch, eating enough healthy food to maintain vitamin levels is unlikely. You will be required to take lifelong vitamin and mineral supplements to maintain these levels. . Your dietitian and doctors will keep an eye on your health and make recommendations for supplements that you need..
Many Health Problems Resolve
Aside from losing weight, resolving chronic health problems is a goal of weight loss surgery. After the operation, some people see an immediate improvement in blood sugar and diabetes. As the weight comes off other diseases improve, including sleep apnea, high blood pressure, arthritis and high cholesterol.
More Energy and Endurance
Carrying excess weight takes a toll. When the weight comes off, you’ll find that your energy and endurance improve drastically. Patients are often surprised by this change.
Daily exercise is key to staying healthy as you lose weight. Many people find that rather than dreading working out, they look forward to it. Exercise, sports and just moving are enjoyable when you’re no longer obese.
Your Physical Appearance Will Change and People Will Notice
Your appearance will change completely. Other people will take note and may ask questions. Think about how you’ll respond to curious people. You may want to share your experience with some people, but don’t feel pressure to do so.
As you lose weight, your skin might not shrink with your body. Everyone’s different in this regard. Some people have no issues with loose skin. If you’re troubled by extra skin, plastic surgery may be an option once you reach your goal weight.
Your Relationships May Change
Significant weight loss after bariatric surgery changes how you see yourself, changes how you eat and changes your lifestyle. With all those differences, it’s easy to see how relationships can be affected. Some friendships might become strained, but others will strengthen. Through all the changes, the most important thing is to take care of yourself, your health and your loved ones.
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