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Getting surgery of any kind can be a daunting experience. And, with so much happening, it can be a confusing and worrying time, so it's good to get educated about what to expect, and how to look after yourself post-surgery.
Bypass surgery is a type of heart surgery, where an alternative route past a blockage or narrowing in your artery or vein is made. This helps improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart. It is sometimes known as CABG.
So, if you've had — or are going to have — bypass surgery, you'll need to know what to do following that surgery. This 10 step guide is just for you:
1. Attend regular health check-ups
Your doctor will want to ensure you make a full recovery, so it's important to attend all check-ups to keep an eye on cholesterol, blood pressure, and simply your health in general.
2. Take medications as prescribed
It's important that you take your medication at the prescribed times and doses, to keep your health in check.
Is bypass surgery in your future? What if it doesn't have to be? I had the pleasure of interviewing 61 year-old Don Carrier. Six years ago he was facing triple bypass surgery , but by making necessary diet and lifestyle changes he has changed his future. No bypass surgery and no more medications.
Lisa Nelson RD: Please share details about your health prior to making diet and lifestyle changes, such as your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, as well as your quality of life.
Don Carrier: The best way for me to start out is when I entered Dr. McDougall's 10-day program back in 2003. At that time I weighed over 230 pounds. The main reason I went to his clinic is because I was facing a triple bypass and hoped to find an alternative option to the surgery. I was very sluggish with no energy and overweight. Please keep in mind that I was a life long vegetarian . My cholesterol was well over 200, high blood pressure (in the 160's) and basic quality of life was very poor....
This article is part of a series on Living Well after Gastric Bypass that covers diet, nutrition, and weight control. Read the first article in the series here .
Now that your weight loss surgery has been performed successfully, have some water. Good. Now have some more water. Great. Excellent. Now have some more water. Okay, hold on a minute. Let’s start again before you float away or crash your bariatric program before it even gets off the ground. Just after weight loss surgery, the immediate goal is to stay hydrated and begin to grow accustomed to the idea and execution of drinking adequate amounts of fluids on a daily basis. Sipping and not gulping is the method for consumption just after weight loss surgery. Allow your bariatric surgeon and your support team of professionals to guide you. There are phases to recovery that should be adhered to which will prevent harm and promote success. The goal amount of water per day is 64 ounces. It will take s...
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