What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery
Our registered dietitian, Mary Beth Sodus, works with patients throughout their bariatric surgery process.
Here she offers advice based on her years of experience helping patients build a healthy life.
Adjusting to Life after Bariatric Surgery
If you want weight loss success, you have to fully participate in your recovery. Your new, healthy lifestyle is worth it, but the journey is intense with many changes along the way. To make your life the best it can be, you need to:
- Deal with changes that may often be difficult
- Take time every day to reflect on your new self and your new feelings about food
- Get some physical activity or exercise for about 30 minutes each day
Breaking Bad Eating Habits after Bariatric Surgery
As you welcome your new self, you’ll be saying goodbye to so much. Soon after surgery, many of our patients say that even though they don’t feel constantly hungry (particularly during the first six months), they grieve what it means to lose their appetite. Our weight loss surgery support group can help you deal with these feelings.
Over the years, we’ve learned from our patients about their need to say goodbye to their life before surgery:
- They tell us that food commercials on TV often trigger old behaviors that must be overcome.
- They know that no matter how appealing the ads are, fried foods are off the menu, soft drinks are forbidden, and junk food is no longer a choice.
- Many miss coffee and pastry breaks with friends, or they find themselves remembering the times they took extra helpings or ate a second dinner, just because the food tasted good.
Transforming those old behaviors into a new, healthy lifestyle can cause anxiety, friction and pain. It may help to think of your transformation as heating ore to separate precious metals:
- Your weight loss surgery is about your physical transformation.
- You will have a new stomach pouch that helps you feel full with just two to three ounces of food.
- Your transformation is about a new you that you support by learning and practicing the skills and behaviors of a healthy lifestyle.