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Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Physically Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
It is critically important that your body is physically ready for weight loss surgery and the significant changes it will undergo after your procedure. Every doctor has his or her own way of preparing patients for surgery. You may be asked to do the following:
Undergo a comprehensive physical evaluation: This exam ensures that your body is healthy enough for surgery.
Follow a doctor-supervised diet regimen: You may need to follow certain dietary guidelines prior to surgery to prepare your body for surgery. These guidelines may be prepared by a registered dietician, and your doctor may supervise you while you are on this regimen.
Follow a doctor-supervised exercise regimen: You may also be asked to follow an exercise or physical activity plan created individually for you well before surgery. Adding or increasing your level of exercise prior to surgery can be very beneficial to prepping your body for surgery.
Mentally Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Being in the right mindset is just as important to a successful surgery as your physical health. Here are a few tips to help you mentally prepare for weight loss surgery.
Manage your expectations: Maintaining reasonable expectations of surgery is one of the best things you can do to prepare yourself mentally for the experience. Know that surgery is not a quick fix; it is part of a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss, and it will take time and effort to achieve your weight loss goals. Spend time with Dr. Kuzinkovas discussing how much weight you can expect to lose, and how quickly you can expect to lose it after surgery.
Build your support network: Having emotional support during the surgical experience is critical. Seek out sources of support, such as family members and friends that can provide encouragement when you need it. You may also want to consider joining a formal support group with other patients or finding an online community with which you can connect.
Stay positive: A great attitude and positivity will serve you well on your weight loss journey! If you think you may have trouble staying on track after surgery, try to develop a relationship with your doctor or a counselor, who can help you stay positive as you anticipate surgery.