After patients have had gastric bypass surgery comes a very
challenging and demanding few months ahead. It isnít easy, no
matter what those success stories on the adverts tell us. It
requires a great deal of mental and emotional toughness.
Unfortunately these assets arenít always seen in the morbidly
obese, and must be developed to ensure a healthy life and weight
loss after the surgery.
Sticking to your dietary guidelines is extremely important to
reduce the risk of developing dumping syndrome, which can cause
sweating, diarrhoea, bloating and dizziness. Always listen to
what your surgeon, physician and nutritionist is telling you.
Itís your life and long-term health weíre talking about.
Right after the procedure you will be required to stay in
hospital for 4 to 6 days, and generally you can get back to your
normal activities within 6 weeks. You should lose generally
between 8-10lbs per month in the first 2 months after gastric
bypass surgery and achieve a stable weight after 2 years.
The first year is critical and will require you to see your
physician regularly were you will be evaluated Ė this includes
your mental health too.
Exercising and eating properly are crucial to your health
afterwards and thereís still a long way to go after surgery, it
certainly isnít a quick fix for obesity and carries real risks.
Remember what your doctor has told you, stay strong, focused and
youíll do just fine.