One of the main reasons that gastric sleeve surgery is the most recommended surgery in Mexico and in the United States for obese patients is because it requires the fewest long-term lifestyle changes. Although supplementation is necessary, there are fewer dietary restrictions, fewer complications, and easier recovery than other types of bariatric surgery.
Diet and exercise are important. But while there are fewer significant lifestyle changes after gastric sleeve surgery, there are some little things that you’ll want to get used to and prepared for throughout the process. The following are some of the lesser known issues that you’ll want to be ready for during your weight loss and recovery.
1. Some Food Sensitivity
One of the main advantages of gastric sleeve is that there are essentially no food restrictions (foods that you are not able to eat). But gastric sleeve does have a strong effect on the stomach, which means you may have some new food sensitivities: foods that give you a bit of an upset stomach. Milk, for example, is a particularly common food sensitivity. It’s not always clear what causes these sensitivities, but it is recommended that you introduce foods back into your stomach in small doses and slowly.
2. Acid Reflux
There are many different causes of acid reflux, but one of the most common is an overly full stomach. With gastric sleeve, about 75% of the stomach is removed. This makes it very easy to fill your stomach quickly, which often puts you at risk for acid reflux. Your doctor may recommend a long-term medication to prevent acid reflux, like Prilosec.
3. Loose Stool/Constipation
Different patients have different reactions after surgery. Some patients have loose stool, feeling as though they need to use the bathroom to empty their bowels frequently. Others experience constipation. Constipation may be severe enough that you’ll want to take a stool softener. Be prepared for both issues, as you never know which one you may experience.
4. Regular Walking
Starting your exercise right away is important. But you won’t be physically ready to do any heavy lifting or jogging. You should expect to be frequently walking. Walking is beneficial for two reasons.
First, it helps avoid complications as it improves blood flow, prevents blood clots, and otherwise helps with the healing process. Second, walking is shockingly effective for weight loss. You burn a significant number of calories when you walk a few hours a day, making it an effective way to kick-start your weight loss efforts.
5. Soda is Extremely Problematic
Your total caloric intake will be limited to only about 800 calories a day, and it is strongly recommended that you do not “drink” those calories by consuming high caloric beverages like fruit juices, sweetened coffee, etc. But it is of particular importance to avoid soda, beer, and even carbonated water. The stomach is so much smaller than the carbonation can quickly cause discomfort.
There is also another complication that may also be considered “significant” but affects every type of bariatric surgery procedure. Your body was not built for this level of rapid weight loss. You may find that the more weight you lose, the more you seem to develop an excess skin that can make it harder to enjoy your weight loss success. That is why you should also be prepared for this – there are procedures, like body lifts, that can help you regain a body that is more in line with your weight loss expectations.
Preparing for Gastric Sleeve
For both patients and surgeons, the gastric sleeve provides the best combination of weight loss and safety, with roughly the same success rate as other bariatric surgery procedures, but with the fewest long-term discomforts and complications. But before you get the surgery, it is still a good idea to read up on what to expect and prepare for the road ahead. This will improve not only the success rate but your satisfaction as well.
Are you somebody who has not yet undergone weight loss surgery and are considering the option? Feel free to contact Mexico Bariatric Center by submitting your information or give a call at 855-768-7247.