Bariatric surgery unlocks several opportunities in the life of the obese patient
Bariatric surgery is a golden tool. Bariatric surgery is not just about losing weight. It unlocks a series of opportunities that the obese patient rarely has.
After losing all the excessive weight, things that were impossible before seem possible now. From the simplest of things like tying your shoes or hugging your child or dressing nicely and taking a stroll, down to the most “difficult” things like sports and other fun activities.
In our center you will never walk alone this path to achieving your goals. Close to our obese patients is the entire obesity treating team, with experienced and trained scientists to help and advise you on everything you will need.
How will I eat after surgery?
Post-operative diet varies depending on the type of the operation selected. The specialist surgeon in collaboration with the nutritionist will determine the specific diet plan. Some general rules that apply everywhere are:
1. Chew well and do not eat greedy
2. Avoid drinking liquids during meals
3. Avoid sweet and calorie-rich liquids (soft drinks, alcohol)
4. Avoid snacking between meals
5. Eat five meals a day.
When will I return to my job?
Return to work is immediate, as these procedures are performed laparoscopically with a short duration of hospitalization and a painless postoperative course. It depends on the type of surgery and varies from one day (gastric plication, band) to five (gastric sleeve) or seven days (gastric by-pass, etc.).
After how long can a woman seek pregnancy?
Women of childbearing age are advised to avoid pregnancy in the first twelve months after surgery. During the first twelve months there are rapid changes in a woman’s body and metabolism, and it is not advisable for her to become pregnant until her body is in balance.
How will the post-operative follow up be?
Depending on the operation, there is a different postoperative support program for each case. As a general rule, malabsorptive procedures (gastric bypass, biliopancreatic diversion, etc.) require frequent monitoring to address deficiencies of trace elements and vitamins (iron, B12, etc.) where they occur. In restrictive procedures, follow up is much simpler.
Running support teams greatly helps patients undergoing bariatric surgery discuss and exchange experiences and opinions with other patients as well as resolve issues that have accumulated over the long period of being obese.