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Aftercare

Gastric Bypass Aftercare Denver

Bariatric Surgery Diets

Bariatric surgery requires permanent changes to your eating habits to achieve the results that you desire. The diets that you will have after surgery will vary based on the specific procedure that you have. Each patient will undergo thorough nutritional counseling prior to surgery including nutritional classes and a CD with all of the required information that you need. It is very important that you follow the dietary guidelines of you specific procedure including:

  • Slow down your eating habits and chew your food thoroughly. Eating too fast can cause discomfort and even vomiting.
  • Don’t drink fluids while eating. Liquids can make you feel full briefly, but do not give you longer periods without hunger.
  • Eat the solid foods during the meals and drink plenty of liquids between meals. Don’t drink your calories as this can cause intake of excessive calories during the day.
  • Don’t eat dessert and be careful with eating too much sugar as this can lead to dumping syndrome.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Snacking between meals can lead to high daily calorie intake and will decrease your weight loss.

Returning to Work After Bariatric Surgery

Patients require different amounts of time off after surgery. The length of time off that you may need is associated with the amount of activity that is required in your specific job and may vary from 7 days to 4-6 weeks. We will discuss this during your consultation with surgeon. We will also help you get the paperwork that you need to make sure you have and adequate amount of time off after surgery.

Pregnancy/Birth Control after Surgery

Pregnancy can be safe and enjoyable after bariatric surgery. However, pregnancy should be absolutely avoided for 1.5 years after your bariatric procedure. This is not only for your safety, but also for the safety of your baby. Severe birth defects in children have been associated with pregnancy during rapid weight loss periods. Pregnancy may be attempted after you weight has been stable for 1 year.

If you do become pregnant, notify your surgeon’s office immediately. We will work with your OB to help provide a safe pregnancy. Pregnancy labs are monitored regularly and patients should continue to take their pre-natal vitamins and calcium supplements.

Certain birth control medications may not be absorbed after the gastric bypass surgery. Talk to your OB/GYN to make sure that you are on the appropriate birth control medication. Patients and their partners must prepared to avoid getting pregnant after surgery because both men and women may regain their fertility after the procedure.

Common problems after surgery

Vitamin Deficiency/Dehydration

Based on the bariatric procedure that you choose, you may need to take vitamin supplements for life. Consequences of vitamin deficiency vary, but some may lead to serious health problems.

  • Drink lots of water (at least 64 ounces of fluid per day). With inadequate fluid, you can feel tired, weak and dizzy. Dehydration can also lead to constipation
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency – Fatigue, tingling of hands and feet, nerve damage.
  • Calcium deficiency – weakened bones (osteoporosis).
  • Iron deficiency – low blood count, dizziness, fatigue.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) deficiency – mental confusion, muscle weakness, and numbness.
  • Vitamin and mineral levels in your blood must be monitored at least yearly. If necessary, your vitamin/mineral supplement doses may be adjusted by your surgeon or dietitian.

Nausea and Vomiting

Patients may experience some nausea and vomiting after surgery. Following the proper progression of your diet and taking your time to eat meals can help decrease the incidence of vomiting. Chew your food very well and not drinking liquids with meals will also help limit these symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, contact your doctors office.

Inadequate Weight Loss

Your weight loss surgery is a tool and it is very important to maintain the proper diet and exercise regimen to be successful. Occasionally, patients will fall back into old routines of overeating, grazing and eating high calorie foods. This can cause patients to regain some of their weight. After surgery, committing to the lifestlye changes and routine follow up with your Surgeon can help you along your journey.

Diarrhea

Patients can have diarrhea after weight loss surgery. Be careful with the new foods that you are taking in as you progress with your diet. Avoid greasy foods, high surgar foods and milk products. If your diarrhea does not get better, call your doctors office for advice.

Temporary hair loss

Hair loss can occur from rapid weight loss and inadequate protein intake. This situation is usually temporary and increasing your protein consumption and biotin can help decrease hair loss.

Gas

Gas problems are also common after weight loss surgery. Medications that can help with the discomfort include simethicone, Bean-O, or Gas-X. If your pain and symptoms get worse, call Western Surgical Bariatric Center immediately.