Weight loss surgery is a major operation, so naturally you want to know in advance what you can expect before and after your procedure. You know it’s time to deal with your obesity problem once and for all, but you also want to research your options and be prepared for this truly life-changing, even life-saving procedure. We care deeply about each of our patients’ health and safety, so we also want you to be knowledgeable and prepared for your weight loss surgery.
Every person’s body is unique, and we provide one-on-one attention and personal care in order to fully customize your bariatric surgery procedure to meet your individual needs. Therefore, every patient’s bariatric surgery experience is different, but we can give you some general guidance on what to expect before and after your weight loss surgery.
Preparing for Your Surgery
The first step toward combating obesity with bariatric surgery is coming to our weight loss surgery center in Lakewood, California for your consultation with our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya. We will measure your current weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) and go over your medical history to make sure you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery. Dr. Dahiya will explain the risks and benefits of each bariatric surgery procedure and help you decide which weight loss surgery best suits your needs and challenges.
In your consultation, Dr. Dahiya will also explain some steps you will need to take to prepare for your bariatric surgery. For example, Dr. Dahiya or our nutrition specialist Dr. Jose Mari-Elacion will have specific, personalized advice for your diet before and after weight loss surgery.
Tobacco use increases the risk of pneumonia and other potentially serious complications. Therefore, all weight loss surgery candidates absolutely must quit smoking for a bare minimum of one month before undergoing bariatric surgery. You may also need to stop taking certain medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, and abstain from alcohol for several weeks before your weight loss surgery.
Since your bariatric surgery procedure is considered major surgery, there will be a recovery period of several weeks. Depending on your overall health and the speed at which your body heals, this could be as little as two weeks or as much as six or eight weeks.
Your bariatric surgeon will closely monitor your progress and will let you know when you are ready to return to work and physical activity. In order to help you recover more quickly and with less pain, we use least invasive laparoscopic techniques for bariatric surgery, including the state-of-the-art SPIDER® Single-Incision Surgical System.
Immediately after your surgery, you will be on a carefully controlled liquid diet to help your digestive tract heal. Dr. Dahiya will keep track of your recovery and gradually allow you to move on to soft foods and, eventually, solid food. Because your digestive system has been altered, you may experience constipation or diarrhea, but this should largely subside within the first week. You should expect some swelling and pain in your abdomen, which can be controlled with medications.
During and after your recovery period, you will check in with Dr. Dahiya for follow-up care for about a year. This helps us monitor your weight loss and make sure you are sticking to your post-operative weight loss program of diet and exercise and that you are receiving proper nutrition.
To learn more about what to expect before and after your weight loss surgery, please contact us to schedule your weight loss surgery consultation at our office in Lakewood, California.