The Top 10 Tips BEFORE Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Bariatric Surgery News & Research | Adelaide Bariatric Centre
19 Feb 2014 10:29 AM
Along with life changing weight loss, Gastric sleeve surgery is also a life changing decision. So, here’s 10 timely tips to help you better understand and prepare for your bariatric procedure.
- Change your diet. The sooner you prepare your body for life with a gastric sleeve, the quicker you’ll adapt. First, be ready for a liquid-only diet two weeks before surgery.
- Change your groceries. It will be a while before you’re able to eat solids again, so stock up on clear soups and broths, skim milk, sugar-free clear jello and popsicles. Prior to surgery, it’s strictly protein-rich, liquid meals.
- Stop smoking. Not smoking will speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of postoperative complications. But be warned, if you don’t, your doctor may refuse to operate.
- Change of clothes. Make sure you have comfy and loose "transition" clothing. Your body will be sore and tender, as well as rapidly losing weight, so some interim op-shop clothes might help.
- Your hospital bag. Your surgery and recovery time will mean an overnight hospital stay, so get your packed bag ready with comfortable clothes.
- Your support group. Make sure your immediate family and friends understand what help you’re going to need during your healing process.
- A lift and a pillow. You certainly won’t be in any shape for driving, so make sure you have a lift home organised. Also, holding a pillow tightly over your abdomen will help stop the pain from bumps in the road.
- Prep list. If you can, clean the house, do the laundry and have your meals cooked and frozen. Also get your prescriptions, over-the-counter medication and stool softeners early.
- Talk to your surgeon. Find out from your surgeon exactly what this surgery entails and what is about to happen. This will help reduce any anxiety about your surgery.
- Protein, protein, protein! You'll need protein afterwards, so get used to it before hand. Find out which protein powders you like, along with the low-calorie protein rich foods you enjoy, and stock up!
Please note: these tips are for anyone preparing for, or recovering from, gastric sleeve surgery. They are a guide to help and not meant to supersede any advice your doctor gives you.