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Life After Bariatric Surgery

Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery find that many aspects of their lives have changed in various ways. The qualified team working with the Tijuana Bariatric Center can help patients understand what to expect from life after bariatric surgery and prepare for the commitment to their results and minimize your chance of potential side effects. The Tijuana, Mexico, practice is committed to providing bariatric surgery at affordable costs so every patient can reap the benefits of a healthier weight and lifestyle. 

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Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important steps patients will need to follow after surgery.

In the weeks and months after surgery, patients will follow a special diet to gradually ease back into normal eating habits and to avoid side effects such as constipation or dumping syndrome. The diet starts with liquids only, then progresses to pureed and strained foods, then soft foods, and eventually ends with firmer foods. Adequate daily protein is necessary to maintain muscle mass and to keep your metabolism up. Patients will find that there are certain foods they will need to avoid indefinitely, such as overly starchy and sweetened foods. It is extremely important for bariatric surgery patients to drink enough fluids. Most patients will also need to take daily supplements, including multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and vitamin B-12.

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Regular exercise is integral to long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery.


For long-term weight management, exercise is extremely important. As the patient becomes fitter, he or she will need to increase the intensity or length of exercise to keep burning the same amount of calories. Generally, 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is recommended, such as jogging, fast walking, aerobics class, or swimming. For the best results, the patient’s exercise regimen should include aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises.

Mental Health

Patients who lose a large amount of weight go through major lifestyle and physical changes, including massive weight loss. As a result, some patients become more self-confident while other patients may not adjust as readily to their new bodies. For many reasons, it is important for patients to have access to mental health professionals who can guide them through the complex feelings and emotions they may experience.

Stress and Sleep

Successful stress management begins even before the surgery. Since stress can be a large factor in whether or not patients follow their post-surgical diets and exercise plans, cultivating good habits before surgery can be critical to the patient’s ultimate weight loss success. Support groups can be a good way for patients to help with many stressful situations that may occur. Exercise and yoga or meditation are also very effective for lessening feelings of anxiety and stress.

A good sleep routine is another factor in successful weight management as inadequate sleep has been linked to weight gain. Ways to improve sleep habits include avoiding caffeine in the evening, exercising in the morning or afternoon, and planning a peaceful sleeping environment. Patients should have a regular bedtime and try to get an adequate amount of sleep every night.

Weight Plateaus

A good sleep routine is another factor in successful weight management, as inadequate sleep has been linked to weight gain.

It is normal for patients to experience weight plateaus, where weight loss stalls or weight gain even occurs. However, it is important that frustration or slowdown not lead to stress eating or other unhealthy habits which could undo the effects of your surgery. Patients who have difficulty overcoming weight plateaus are encouraged to work with their local doctor and nutritionist, as well as their support groups.

Alcohol and Smoking

Patients should generally refrain from drinking alcohol after bariatric surgery. Alcohol has calories without much nutritional value. In addition, after certain bariatric surgeries, alcohol is absorbed more quickly into the body which leads to higher alcohol levels in those patients.

Patients who plan to undergo any surgery, including bariatric surgery, are usually told to quit smoking six weeks before the surgery. Smoking compromises circulation and interferes with healing. Smoking prior to surgery can also increase the risk of fatal blood clots and pneumonia.

Reach Out Today

For more information regarding life after bariatric surgery and the benefits of these types of procedures, contact the Tijuana Bariatric Center today.

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