It is important to realize that simply undergoing a bariatric procedure is not the only part of the weight loss process. In order to lose weight and improve their health successfully, candidates for surgery must commit to a changed lifestyle, including a new dietary plan that will account for the body’s needs after surgery and an exercise plan that will promote and sustain weight loss. In addition to offering thoroughpost-surgical care, the staff at Minimally Invasive Bariatrics is committed to helping weight loss surgery patients from Arlington and other Dallas-Fort Worth metro area communities establish and maintain these essential lifestyle changes.
Any form of weight loss surgery, be it gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric banding, fundamentally alters the way the digestive system functions. The stomach’s capacity is much smaller after surgery, requiring patients to eat smaller portions and eat them more frequently. In the days immediately following weight loss surgery, patients typically need to start on a specialized all-liquid diet while the body heals and then gradually re-introduce a wider range of foods after several weeks. Even a minimally invasive procedure like those we offer requires rest and recovery
When preparing for weight loss surgery at our Dallas-Fort Worth-area clinic in Arlington, patients will work with a nutritionist to develop a dietary plan that accounts for their needs – often including vitamin supplements to replace lost nutrients. Hydration is also crucial. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day, in small amounts at regular intervals, is required. It is a good idea not to drink anything just before or just after eating, as the post-surgical stomach pouch has a limited volume.
Each patient’s body responds somewhat differently to food after surgery, and patients will need to pay close attention to their bodies’ reactions to different foods. Certain foods can cause serious irritation and side effects even after healing is complete and need to be avoided altogether.
Exercise is crucial to the success of any weight loss surgery patient. Each of our patients may work individually with an exercise physiologist to develop an exercise plan that will meet his or her needs. Regular exercise speeds weight loss by encouraging the body to burn more fat, in addition to improving the health and functionality of the body. Most importantly, regular exercise simply makes patients feel happier and healthier.
At Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, we focus on thoroughly educating our patients, offering a wide range of surgical options, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. We believe that these are the factors that can make the difference between a successful procedure and one that does not produce the desired result