Life after Bariatric Surgery

 

  1. Diet
    • Immediately after bariatric surgery, the patient is restricted to a clear liquid diet, which includes food such as clear broth, diluted fruit juices or sugar-free gelatin desserts. This diet is continued until the gastrointestinal tract has partially recovered from the surgery. Diet is to be strictly followed and will be tailor made for each patient
    • Food to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing
    • Avoid desert or sugary items, carbonated drinks, high fat food and high fibre food
    • Avoid alcohol and smoking
    • Limit snacking between meals
  2. Return to work
    • This depends on the nature of work and associated co-morbid conditions
    • Most patients return to work after a week and full activity within six weeks of procedure
  3. Birth control and pregnancy
    • Preferable to avoid pregnancy for 12 -18 months following surgery
    • The reason is pregnancy places additional demands on the body
  4. Long term follow up
    • Nutritional deficiencies may occur over the course of many years after surgery
    • Anemia, vitamin B 12 deficiency, reduced folate and iron levels can occur
    • Follow up with surgeon and blood tests are required:
      • Every month for 6 months
      • Every 3 months over the next 6 months.
      • At least every 6 months during the second year
      • Long term bi-annually or at least once a year
    • It is important to attend periodic support group meetings to remain committed to weight loss

 

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