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 explore your weight loss goals and medical history.
Surgery is a dependable way for qualified patients to achieve sustained weight loss, 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 costs 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
Our bariatric program includes a staff dietitian whose role is to assess the nutritional needs of each patient, then to develop a nutrition plan that will help effectively and healthily achieve weight loss goals. After surgery, you will be placed on a liquid diet. Over the following days/weeks, you will gradually transition back to solid foods.
Over time, weight loss surgery works primarily by helping the patient control his/her food intake. Some surgeries go further, preventing the body from absorbing all the calories it takes in; such as the gastric bypass. To arrive at an optimal post-surgery weight while maintaining adequate nutrition, you will have to favor protein. You should also prioritize fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked in a low-fat way if possible.
Workout Plans After Weight Loss Surgery
Our physical therapist helps weight loss surgery patients with motion and mobility before surgery so that after surgery they can lead an active, healthy lifestyle. 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. 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.
Weight Loss Surgery Patients
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