Post Gastric Bypass Surgery
Post Gastric Bypass Surgery
The period post gastric bypass surgery can be one of the most delicate moments in a person’s life. Considering there are many things that can lead to complications, not to mention the promise of a new life after surgery, it’s not hard to figure out why patients need to be extra cautious and careful in the weeks following gastric bypass surgery. It is also important to go through the proper steps to insure full recovery and this can be a long process requiring a lot of adjustments on the part of the patient.
The first thing to remember with post gastric bypass surgery is that the stitches holding the wounds can come undone with excessive movement. This requires extra care that the patient does not move around too much until the wounds have healed.
The same can be said of the stitches on the wounds in the digestive tract. Especially in the case of invasive procedures like vertical banded gastroplasty where a portion of the stomach is stapled, food and liquid intakes should be managed so that there is no leakage which can lead to major complications. Bleeding and pain are also major issues during post gastric bypass surgery and both of these require medication in order to be kept to a minimum.
Beyond the immediate complications that can arise following post gastric bypass surgery, the challenge of adjusting to a new lifestyle can be more daunting. With most Bariatric surgery procedures, the patient is required to change his or her eating habits. This includes portion sizes, the exact types of foods available for eating, and the frequency of the meals. There is also the need for vitamin and mineral supplements to augment potential deficiencies due to the altered diet.
Consider the following important aspects of a revamped diet post gastric bypass surgery:
1. Small portions that can fit into the new dimensions of the stomach. Bariatric surgery takes away active volume limiting food intake. The portions that the patient ate prior to surgery will be rejected by the stomach post surgery.
2. Augmentation of the smaller portions requires more frequent meals. Doctors recommend eating every 2 to 3 hours. This can be tedious and challenging for those that are only beginning to adjust to the new lifestyle demands.
3. Food selection is important. Food has to be properly chewed as the reduced stomach volume means reduced digestive capacity. If possible, patients need to avoid hard foods that are difficult to digest.
4. Vitamin supplements are essential to check malabsorptive conditions. Malabsorption happens when the body cannot extract the vitamins and minerals from the food because of its reduced retention time in the digestive tract. Vitamin and mineral supplements provide the missing compounds that are essential to proper body function.
Post gastric bypass surgery can be challenging but should never be considered too much for the patient. Compared to better health, reduced risks for potential fatal diseases and the opening of various avenues and opportunities made possible by lower weight, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about their post gastric bypass surgery time.