Monitoring Long-Term Post-Op
One of the advantages of laparoscopic surgery, is your quick return to normal activities after surgery. You may go back to work about a week after being discharged from the hospital. The doctor will give you specific instructions.
Maximum weight loss after any bariatric surgical procedure is reached usually in a period of up to18 months as long as you follow all the instructions and special indications provided by the doctor. In addition to weight loss, related health conditions will be considerably improved, and in some cases even cured. You will feel more active, with improved overall health and increased self-esteem.
After any bariatric surgical procedure you will need to learn new eating habits and make permanent lifestyle changes. You should eat slowly and chew every bite very slowly and completely, do not drink liquids with solids, and pay close attention to the act of eating (you will be provided detailed information during follow up appointments). In some cases, and depending on the results of the laboratory studies, the doctor may prescribe vitamin supplements to prevent or correct certain vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies; so it is important that you show up to all of your follow-up appointments.
About six weeks after surgery , and only if the doctor instructs you to do so, you may start physical activity. After not being physically active for a long time, you can start by walking 3 or 4 times a week for 20 or 30 minutes at a time, and gradually increasing the time, frequency and distance. This way your muscle mass will be preserved and you will be able to maintain the lost weight for life.
Making the decision to undergo bariatric surgery will bring positive changes to your life, however it is important to understand that obesity surgery is only a tool in the process of weight loss, but you must be committed to making the mental and emotional changes necessary for long-term weight loss and maintenance.