The network of doctors and the nutritional counselor working through the Tijuana Bariatric Center can guide patients through the various stages of bariatric surgery recovery after their procedure in Tijuana, Mexico. Before leaving the hospital and returning home, you will be thoroughly prepared for the stages of recovery, any potential complications, and dietary restrictions. This will ensure you are fully confident in what to expect so you can focus on refining your results.
While the specifics of recovery will depend on the patient and particular surgical technique, full recuperation from bariatric surgery usually takes at least six months or more. The reason for this is simple: your body is both healing from the surgery and adjusting to the change in your digestive system. Because we get our energy from the food we eat, changes in digestion have a direct effect on how quickly and efficiently the body recovers.
Your surgeon and will ask you about your normal routine and the general layout of your home environment, so that your recovery is tailored to the specifics of your lifestyle.
The best way to speed your recovery is to follow your doctor's instructions as closely as possible. During your post-surgical stay at the hospital, the team at the Tijuana Bariatric Center will go over important information about your diet, exercise, and general aftercare. Your surgeon and nutritionist will ask you about your normal routine and the general layout of your home environment so that your recovery is tailored to the specifics of your lifestyle.
Even after returning home, patients will remain a part of a supportive aftercare program. To help keep you on track and stay abreast of any changes, the team will schedule a number of follow-up appointments in the weeks and months after your surgery. During these discussions over the phone or online, your doctor and nutritionist will ask you about your progress, approve potential dietary changes, and provide advice on issues you may have encountered.
Sticking to your diet is one of the two essential parts of losing weight – even more so after bariatric surgery. Not only is it necessary to establish new and healthy habits, but there are often immediate physical effects if your stomach cannot tolerate the food you eat.
In the first few weeks before and after surgery, your diet is strictly limited to liquids. Protein shakes, broth without solids, sugar-free and decaffeinated beverages, V8 and vegetable juice, and thin cream of wheat or rice are the most common options. In the days leading up to your surgery, this diet reduces the amount of fat around certain digestive organs. Post-operatively, this diet reduces the amount of food your body needs to digest, which lessens the stress placed on your digestive system.
A liquid diet can help patients remain more comfortable throughout their recovery.
After three or four weeks, your doctor may approve you to transition to the next stage in your diet. Patients will gradually move from liquid to soft to pureed to solid foods. However, because of the limited space in your stomach, only certain solid foods are usually approved over the long term.
Like diet, your exercise routine should start slowly. As your digestion improves and you have more energy, your regimen can become more intense. In the immediate days, patients simply need to walk daily and change positions frequently to encourage proper digestion and circulation. More intense lifting or even house cleaning, such as vacuuming, should be avoided. However, once you are approved to eat pureed foods, patients can typically return to work and their normal routine and begin a light exercise routine.
Unlike a poor diet, a lack of exercise does not have immediate physical effects on a patient. Consequently, exercise is often the easiest component of weight loss to overloop. It is all the more important that patients commit themselves to a regular routine: at least 30 minutes a day four to five times a week.
Dramatic lifestyle changes can be difficult to face on your own. The doctors, counselors, and team working through the Tijuana Bariatric Center provide the support you need to face them head on. Reach out today to learn more about life after bariatric surgery.