Like with any surgical procedure, frequent follow-up visits are an important step in recovery after surgery. Even if you are feeling excellent and have had no issues after weight loss surgery at CHRIAS, making the effort to visit with your physician regularly can help decrease preventable issues, ensure you are receiving proper nutrition, and address any emotional needs you may have. Our focus for our April 16th support group, held at Christiana Hospital, “Clinical Issues Following Surgery” is to help patients answer questions they may have after surgery as well as provide an opportunity for you to share your own experience and knowledge about overcoming or preventing possible health concerns. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions to help you maintain your health and avoid unnecessary discomforts.
Eat Smaller Portions- Eating smaller portions and adequately chewing food can help prevent vomiting. If vomiting occurs regularly during the first few months post-surgery, it may be important to take a potassium pill to ensure proper nutrition.
Meet Frequently with Your Dietitian- A dietitian can ensure that you are getting optimal nutrition and can adjust your eating recommendations as necessary to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Often they can help you create an eating plan that will keep you on track to lose weight, stay healthy, and feel great after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery at our Delaware weight loss center.
Eat Enough Protein- Selecting foods that are higher in protein and have little sugar greatly reduce your odds of experiencing Dumping Syndrome. Eating enough protein can also help you maintain your lean muscle mass and help you feel satisfied longer after a meal.
Drink Water- Avoid dehydration by ensuring you are drinking enough water. Frequently sipping water or diluted sports drinks (if you are already experiencing slight dehydration) throughout the day will help prevent dehydration after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.
Take Multi-Vitamins- Hair loss as well as B12 and iron deficiency can be improved by taking in enough vitamins. During a meeting with our dietitian, we will help you determine what additional vitamins you may require.
Enroll in a Support Group or Enlist a Friend- After bariatric surgery you may experience new emotions and feelings as you lose weight and change your health and life. Many patients benefit from finding a community or a support network that will help them navigate the new waters of living a lighter, healthier life. Our free support groups are open to any patients who need encouragement, may be looking for advice from an expert, or who want to share their successes.
To learn more about how to prevent or treat clinical issues after bariatric surgery, we invite you to attend our free support group on April 16th. At the Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery, our goal is to help our patients find continued success in their weight loss desires. To learn more about additional weight loss surgery like LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band in Delaware, contact our office at 302-892-9900 or attend our free weight loss seminar.