Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a big decision and can feel overwhelming at first. Planning for surgery allows patients to not only feel better about having surgery but also feel more prepared for the lifestyle changes needed for continued weight loss success. The process leading up to surgery is just the beginning of a new, healthier, and exciting chapter in a patient's weight loss journey. Let’s explore some helpful tips for planning and preparing for bariatric surgery.

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Begin Making Nutrition Changes - lowering daily calories, choosing healthier options, and eating at regular intervals can go a long way in preparing for surgery. It is important to also get into the habit of eating smaller portions of lean meats, proteins, fruits, and vegetables.

Start to Increase Hydration - staying hydrated and avoiding caffeinated beverages prior to surgery can make a huge difference to the body’s readiness for surgery. On average, it is recommended that adults consume 64 ounces of water every day.

Focus on Mental Health - identifying the social and environmental triggers that have led to overeating or comfort eating in the past can help patients put a new plan in place. Choosing healthier, non-food related responses to cope with stress is imperative to post surgery success.

Reduce or Eliminate Alcohol and Tobacco Use - eliminating these behaviors prior to surgery dramatically decreases the risk of complications during weight loss surgery and throughout post surgery recovery.

Commit to Exercise - beginning a workout routine that is fun and doable can help patients not only reach their goal but be able to maintain it long term.

Take Before Pictures - taking before and after surgery pictures allows patients to track their progress in real time. Seeing can be believing, as well as provide motivation throughout the process.

Mentally and physically preparing for weight loss surgery gives patients a leg up, gets them in the right frame of mind, and can even keep them from gaining additional weight prior to surgery. Beginning a new and improved routine is the first step to a better life!

If you or your loved one is considering weight loss surgery, reach out to Dr. Vohra and his team of experts at New York Bariatrics today! We are here to answer any and all questions before, during, and after weight loss surgery!

Dr. Rajeev Vohra is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in laparoscopic and bariatric procedures and has successfully performed more than 10,000 surgeries over his 30+ year career. Dr. Vohra has dedicated his career to providing patients in New York with the highest quality and most compassionate care

  • American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
  • The American Board of Surgery
  • American Medical Association