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Weight loss surgery can mean a new lease on life and a happier, healthier future. However, it is not a ‘get slim quick’ solution. Recovering after surgery can be a painful and slow process.
Making sure you do everything right is important for a quicker and more enjoyable recovery. Check out our advice below that will help you heal in good time and feel good about yourself along the way.
Load Up On Vitamins
The size of your new stomach will take some getting used to, while you’re learning to adjust you will likely be losing the vital vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy and aid your recovery.
Adding supplements into your regime will offer you the good things you need without filling up your stomach too much. Try vitamins that have been specially formulated for post weight loss surgery like these bariatric vitamins without iron.
Take Care Of Your Wounds
Whether you’ve had a band, sleeve, or bypass, you’ll have a wound from the surgery.
Make sure you keep an eye on it and regularly change the dressings as instructed by your surgeon and nurses. Only touch the area with clean, washed hands and use sterile dressings.
Your stitches will likely be dissolvable so you may not have to return to the doctor’s to have them removed so do make sure that you’re happy with how the wound looks can call your doctor immediately if you notice any weeping or pus.
Get Active (Gently!)
Keeping your body moving will promote blood circulation which is vital for a good recovery. Stay away from anything too strenuous and instead take short and gentle walks each day.
Build up your distance bit by bit and be sure to move your body position when resting in bed. Avoid any heavy lifting until 6-8 weeks post-op, as you don’t want to do anything damaging to your stitches or recovery.
Hydration should be at the top of everyone’s priority list, but even more so if you’ve just had major surgery.
Avoid drinking around meal times as it will fill you up and you won’t be able to consume the precious calories and nutrients you need.
Instead, sip on around 2 litres of water a day between food to stay at a healthy level of hydration.
Your emotions and mental well-being will probably be all over the place. Don’t worry it is totally normal to feel a little off-kilter after life-changing surgery.
It may be a good idea to speak to a professional about your thoughts and feelings and they will be able to help you come to terms with your new life and future.
If you’d rather deal with your feelings on your own, why not try journaling or meditation? You could even mix the latter with some light yoga to boost your activity levels.
Have you experienced weight-loss surgery? What did you do to help your recovery feel quicker and more comfortable? share in the comments for other readers.
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