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How to best prepare for weight loss surgery?

If you have decided you want to go ahead with weight loss surgery, it’s important you feel well prepared. In this blog article, I’ll walk you through ten essential steps to make sure you are ready for this transformative process.
Author: Dr Anna Isaacs
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Ten essential steps to prepare for bariatric surgery

If you’ve opted for weight loss surgery, ensuring you’re fully prepared is crucial. Here are 10 essential steps to ensure readiness for this significant decision.

Visit our website, read articles, watch videos

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your health. Before anything else, immerse yourself in information. Our website is a great start. Whether you’ll have gastric sleeve surgery, or a bypass, you will find resources and information that is helpful to help you prepare for your surgery.

But don’t limit yourself to just our website. Read articles, watch videos of patients who’ve been in your shoes, and learn from their experiences. This initial step is important in setting realistic expectations and understanding the journey ahead.

Make changes to your diet

Adjusting your diet before weight loss surgery will make the transition post-surgery smoother.

“Start by minimising snacking, cutting down on high-carbohydrate foods, caffeine, and sugar. You will be on a very low calorie diet, 2 weeks prior to surgery”

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Dr Anna Isaacs
Weight Loss Surgeon Gold Coast

These changes are not just about losing weight; they’re about preparing your body for a healthier lifestyle.

Quit smoking

Smoking can significantly affect your surgery’s outcome. It’s crucial to stop smoking for 3 months to reduce surgery risks and improve your overall recovery.

Track food and water intake

Being mindful of what you eat and drink is a vital part of your weight loss journey. Start tracking your food and water intake. This habit can help you understand your eating patterns and make necessary adjustments.

Drink more water

Hydration is key.

Drinking water is essential for the proper functioning of all organs, including the liver and kidneys, which are vital in processing and eliminating waste products. But it also helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system and absorbing nutrients in the body.

Find an exercise plan that works for you

Physical activity and exercise is an integral part of weight loss surgery preparation. Find an exercise routine that you enjoy. It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about building a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Commit to not gaining additional weight

Maintaining or losing weight before bariatric surgery can improve outcomes. Commit to not gaining additional weight. This commitment is a testament to your dedication to a healthier you.

Change your relationship with food

Obesity surgery isn’t just a physical transformation; it’s also a mental one. Start viewing food as nourishment rather than an emotional crutch. Changing how you perceive food is crucial for long-term success.

Focus on mental and emotional health

Seek support groups, talk to our psychologist, or join online forums. Mental and emotional health is a cornerstone of your journey towards a healthier life.

Check your insurance policy

Understanding insurance policies can be a daunting task, but it’s an essential step. Each policy is different and it’s important that you know what yours entails so there are no hidden surprises afterwards.

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