Before & After Weight Loss SurgeryYour Health, Your Hospital
According to patients who have experienced it, life is changed by bariatric surgery, before and after. The most important, obvious lifestyle changes are diet and exercise.
What To Expect Before Weight Loss Surgery
Before surgery, you will consult with your doctor at Marina Weight Loss in greater Los Angeles. Together, you will to explore your weight loss goals and medical history. Surgery is a dependable way for qualified patients to achieve sustained loss weight, but you should have exhausted other diet and exercise options and expended effort to lose weight before considering surgery.
If surgery is recommended, we will work with you:
If your insurance company does not provide coverage, we can provide affordable financing options to help you cover the copsts of surgery.
Once the operation is scheduled, you will begin preparing for the diet and lifestyle changes that come with bariatric surgery. You may also want to discuss the possibility of plastic surgery before you begin the process: some patients have extra skin after the fat underneath has disappeared, and cosmetic procedures exist to fix this problem.
Prepare Mentally for Weight Loss Surgery
You will also have a conversation with our clinical psychologist. This ensures that, whichever of the available bariatric surgeries you choose — the most popular in Los Angeles is lap band surgery, though we offer alternatives that may be better suited to you — you are approaching weight loss surgery with an understanding of the benefits, risks, and necessary life changes.
You should take this opportunity to discuss support groups, as well — support groups are a powerful tool in coping with post-surgery changes and making sure you achieve optimal results that last.
What To Expect After Weight Loss Surgery
Over time, activities will become easier and you should become more energetic, and the symptoms of any obesity-related medical problems may lessen or go away altogether. The benefits are worth the trouble.
Dieting After Weight Loss Surgery
Marina Hospital’s bariatric program in Los Angeles includes a staff dietitian, Julie Oldenburg. Julie’s role is to assess the nutritional needs of each patient, then to develop a nutrition plan that will help our client effectively and healthily achieve their goals for improved health and weight loss. Each patient will have a weight loss surgery diet plan personalized to their needs. Still, some general guidelines apply.
Right after surgery, you will be placed on a liquid diet. Over the following days or weeks, you will gradually transition back to solid foods.
Over time, weight management surgery works primarily by helping the patient control his or her food intake. Some surgeries go further, preventing the body from absorbing all the calories it takes in; this is accomplished with gastric bypass surgery. After your surgery, bariatric center staff will provide you with dietary requirements that you must follow for the operation to work as it should.
To arrive at an optimal post-surgery weight while maintaining adequate nutrition, you will have to favor protein when you eat. You should also prioritize fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked in a low-fat way if possible (for example, steaming rather than sautéing in butter).
Workout Plans After Weight Loss Surgery
Kerry Willard-Beuth, PT, MS, DPT, OCS, is the physical therapist at the bariatric program at Marina Del Rey Hospital and a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Kerry helps weight loss surgery patients in Los Angeles with motion and mobility before surgery, so that after surgery they can lead an active, healthy life style. She also assists patients in creating customized exercise plans to help them meet their goals for improved health and sustained weight loss.
In general, your exercise habits should begin before surgery, as Kerry will explain to you. Before leaving the hospital, you will be required to move around a little. Afterward, you will begin by walking around the house several times per day, and then you will embark on a progressively more active exercise regimen, to be decided upon with your doctor. Cardiovascular exercise is important, as it burns calories stored in fat and promotes weight loss.
IMPORTANT: Always consult your doctor or a qualified health professional before increasing exercise or starting a new exercise plan, especially if you have any health conditions, such as cardiovascular problems, that are related to obesity.
Weight Loss Surgery Patients
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