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Getting back to normal and maintaining your weight loss after bariatric surgery.
Going Back to Work
After bariatric surgery, your ability to resume normal levels of activity will vary according to your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of weight-loss surgery you had. Many patients return to full presurgery levels of activity within six weeks of their procedure.
The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful weight loss. Postsurgery dietary guidelines will vary by surgeon and patient. You may hear of other patients who are given different guidelines following their weight-loss surgery. It is important to remember that every surgeon does not perform the exact same weight-loss surgery procedure and that the dietary guidelines will be different for each patient and each type of procedure. What is most important is that you follow your surgeon's recommended guidelines. It is also highly recommended that all patients see a dietitian before, and periodically after, surgery.
The following are some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines a weight-loss surgery patient may encounter:
Daily aerobic and strengthening exercise is essential to your success. Begin with walking and add other activities as you gain more energy and strength. The key to sticking with an exercise routine is to find something you enjoy to do such as swimming, biking, walking or golfing.
Some of the advantages of exercise include:
The widespread use of support groups has provided weight-loss surgery patients with an excellent opportunity to discuss their various personal and professional issues. Most learn, for example, that weight-loss surgery will not immediately resolve existing emotional issues or heal the years of damage that morbid obesity may have inflicted on their emotional well being. These groups help patients share their experiences with others who are dealing with the same dietary and lifestyle changes.
The weight-loss surgery support group is held at the surgeons' office with other post-bariatric surgery patients.