After you’ve chosen to undergo bariatric surgery or gastric bypass to lose weight, you can’t just go home and wait for the pounds to start dropping off. You have to learn a new way to live, one that includes a different attitude about food. Post-bariatric surgery care keeps you healthy while you lose weight. It’s a full plan that includes a bariatric post-op diet, exercise instruction, balanced nutrition and education about what you can and can’t do. To get started, call Vitality NP Family Health in Downtown NYC.
What Is Bariatric Surgery?
A gastric bypass or bariatric surgery is a life-changing, minimally invasive procedure that alters your digestive process and results in rapid, significant weight loss. The procedure either removes or sections off part of your stomach, limiting the amount of both food you can eat and the nutrients your body can absorb. As a result, you have to alter your eating habits while making sure you still get the sustenance your body requires.
It’s common for bariatric patients to become malnourished during the first 12 months following the surgery. Because the change in your normal diet can be drastic, you can benefit from a post-bariatric surgery diet and supplemental care. Svetlana Pyatigorskaya of Vitality NP Family Health in Downtown NYC guides your recovery and weight loss with a post-bariatric diet plan, nutrient-rich vitamin supplements and proper hydration.
How Do I Maintain Good Health Following Bariatric Surgery?
- Developing your post-bariatric diet plan
- Giving you a post-bariatric education so you get the most out of your lifestyle changes
- Implementing an exercise program that fits your individual goals and limitations
- Providing emotional support and aftercare
Do I Need to Change My Diet?
- Drink at least six glasses of water each day to keep your body hydrated
- Drink between meals, instead of while you’re eating
- Take your time chewing and swallowing smaller amounts of food
- Avoid fatty foods and empty carbohydrates
- Eat mainly proteins
- Do not drink alcohol
- Avoid coffee, tea, and sodas
- Supplement your food intake with complex multi-vitamins and vitamin supplements
- Limit your food intake, which allows you stomach to heal without being stretched, since now no more than half its original size
- Continue your weight loss toward your goal while maintaining your health and vitality
- Decrease your risk of complications or consequences
- Keeps your digestive tract from being overloaded, which has its own set of consequences
What Are the Best Vitamins for Post-Bariatric Surgery?
- Vitamin A
- Vitamins B1 and B12
- Vitamin D
- Calcium citrate
Can I Skip Post-Bariatric Surgery Support?
Even with the surgery to limit your stomach size, you won’t stay healthy and lose weight unless you learn a new way to eat. A bariatric post-op diet, education and lifestyle changes all contribute to lasting weight loss. Without the post-bariatric surgery support offered by Vitality NP Family Health, you may regain the weight, and that would be a shame, considering the hardships and expense of the surgery. Dangers of skipping the post-surgical support include:
- Anemia from iron deficiency
- Kidney damage or failure
- Depression and anxiety
- An eating disorder, such as bulimia or anorexia
- A decrease in bone density
- Confusion, short-term memory loss or irritability
- Low self-esteem or a poor self-image
- Addiction to drugs or alcohol
Finding the right support following your bariatric surgery helps you adapt to your new situation. And if you need post-bariatric plastic surgery in NYC, Svetlana can provide recommendations. Her care focuses on your needs, both physical and emotional. Contact Vitality NP Family Health for the best post-bariatric surgery primary care.