21 August 2008

After gastric bypass surgery, your lifestyle changes so dramatically, especially in diets, nutrients, exercise, etc. Some people were failed to reduce their weight because break the instruction and rules from doctor. Well, don’t worry, as long as you have a long life commitment to your self, you definitely be success. Follow this step and tips, it’s very usefull to support your lifestyle.
  1. Call your surgeon immediately, if you:
    • Have fever over 100 degrees and uncontrollable pain
    • Have short of breath or difficult to breath
    • Have dark or tarry (bloody) stools
    • Have unexplainable severe leg pain
    • Suddenly begin to bruise easily
    • The incisions begin to leak pus or bleed heavily
    • Cannot keep fluids down
  2. Don’t drink calories. Don’t work against your surgery by taking in liquid calories that provide no nutrition and slow weight loss. Make every calorie count by focusing on protein, fruits and vegetables.
  3. Don’t drink fluids immediately before, during or after your meal. It is essential that you reserve the small amount of space you have in your stomach for high-quality, nutrient-rich food. Drinking before and during your meal will fill your stomach with fluid, instead of food, and drinking immediately after your surgery can “wash” food out of your stomach, making you feel hungry sooner. Separate food and fluid by at least a half an hour, whenever you can.
  4. Don’t drink alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is full of empty calories that provide no nutritional value. It can also contribute to stomach ulcers, which you are already at risk for because of your surgery. Weight loss surgery also makes you more sensitive to alcohol than you were before.
  5. Avoid carbonated drinks. Soda, can cause gas pain and increase the pressure for your stomach, which can be harmful to staples and sutures, especially in the months immediately after the surgery.
  6. Don’t snack. You should eat high-quality meals and avoid junk foods. If you are hungry, have a meal, but don’t snack between meals.
  7. Avoid sugar. Sugar will make your blood sugar climb, cause hunger pangs, provide no nutrients and, for some patients can cause dumping syndrome. Avoid sugar and any foods that list sugar in the first three ingredients!.
  8. Lots of Protein! Protein should be your primary focus for meal. Protein help you maintain your muscle mass while losing fat, and feel full longer after your meals.
  9. Chew lots before swallow. Chewing food thoroughly is essential to preventing nausea and vomiting during and after meal. Large chunks of food can have trouble passing through the digestive tract after surgery, and if it gets stuck along the way, it can cause pain.
  10. Keep your follow-up visits. After surgery, each progress will be closely monitored. Skipping appointments may mean that a nutritional deficiency, surgical complication or other issues may not be discovered in a timely manner. A appointments are a good motivator for staying on track with your goals, especially if you joined to group who get the same weight loss surgery.
  11. Don’t stop taking any medications without surgeon’s approval. Many diseases can improve with surgery and weight loss, but that doesn’t mean you should stop taking your medication. Talk to your physician prior to stopping any medications.
  12. Don’t take over-the-counter drugs without surgeon’s approval. Over-the-counter drugs can pose risks after surgery that were not a concern prior to surgery. Pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen increase the likelihood that you will develop an ulcer. Remedies for constipation shouldn’t be taken without physician approval, as constipation can be a sign of complications or a need for a change in diet.
  13. Avoid pregnancy for the first 2 years after surgery. Your body will be in high weight-loss mode for at least a year after your surgery. During that time, supporting you and a baby would be unhealthy for you and disastrous for a developing fetus. If you are sexually active, use a reliable method of birth control, and consult your surgeon before attempting to become pregnant.
  14. Find a support group. There are more than 150,000 people having weight-loss surgery each year. Not only do support groups offer emotional support, but they can also provide advice on the wide range of changes you are facing as you lose weight. Support groups are available in most areas that have a bariatric surgeon and are plentiful on the Internet.

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