Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery is a big deal: It’s exciting because you’re making a positive change in your life, but it can also feel scary. To help shake the nerves off, Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center recommends thorough preparation — both physically and mentally.

Physically preparing for weight-loss surgery

Everyone’s preparation for weight loss surgery differs depending on the exact type of weight loss surgery — gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, lap-band, Obalon® Balloon System, or bariatric endoscopy — and their pre-existing medical conditions and current health status. 

Dr. Snow provides you with a thorough, comprehensive guide to pre-operative preparation, but you can expect some general guidelines:

Lab tests and exams: Dr. Snow may recommend that you take certain tests and exams before, and continually leading up to, your surgery to ensure that your health is in good enough condition to go through with the procedure.

Diet changes: You need to make some dietary changes, such as restricting certain foods and drinks. Dr. Snow lets you know exactly which foods to avoid.

Tobacco use: If you use any tobacco products, you’re instructed to quit before your surgery.

Exercise: You may need to start a physical activity program before your surgery and maintain it leading up to your procedure date. 

Recovery prep: Dr. Snow advises you on how to prepare your home for your post-op recovery period, and encourages you to have someone to take care of you. 

Mentally preparing for weight loss surgery

Preparing for weight-loss surgery isn’t just physical — it’s mental and emotional, too. Weight-loss surgery is a serious undertaking, and you should prepare for the emotional toll. Try these tips from Dr. Snow to take care of your mental health leading up to weight-loss surgery: 

Make sure you’re ready to change: Weight loss surgery is effective, but it isn’t a magical cure. To really see success after weight-loss surgery, you need to make lifelong habit changes. That includes eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies, maintaining a healthy calorie balance, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated. 

Forge a support group: Don’t go into weight-loss surgery alone. Even if you’re typically an independent person, it can help to have friends and family members to support you before and after your procedure. Your support group can keep your mindset strong and help you develop the habits you need for long-term success. 

Have realistic expectations: Again, weight loss surgery isn’t a magical cure. You won’t wake up in the recovery room 10 sizes smaller. It takes time — and determination — to see results, and you should be prepared for that.

Know the signs of post-op depression: Sometimes, invasive procedures can lead to emotional symptoms afterward. By knowing the signs of depression, you can ensure that you’re able to seek help when you need it. 

To learn more about weight-loss surgery and find out if you’re a candidate, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Snow today. Call one of our convenient Texas locations or request an appointment online.  

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