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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.
The first six months after gastric bypass surgery is something of a grace period. The weight comes off easily and rapidly. Weight loss in the first six months is accelerated, and the appetite is minimal. There is very little hunger during those first months. If you have had gastric bypass surgery, you can expect to lose thirty to forty percent of your excess body weight . If you have had gastric banding surgery, you will lose one to two pounds per week or about thirty to fifty pounds in the first six months. Factors That Influence Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery All of us are similar, but none of us are the same. Given that, weight loss and the rate at which it is lost will vary from person to person. Independent factors also will influence weight loss and how quickly the pounds are shed. Starting weight prior to surgery, metabolism, activity levels, health conditions, medications, and adherence to dietary guidelines are all factors that should be considered when assessing how much we...
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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