As The Weight Comes Off: What To Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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After you get your gastric sleeve surgery date, and your surgeon has thoroughly explained how to prepare yourself, you may be wondering what to expect afterward. You’re probably excited and may find yourself dreaming about how you’re going to look and feel a few months, or even a year from now.

Now’s the time to take a long look at your life the way it is, say goodbye to what was literally weighing you down, and prepare to welcome the new you! Here are just a few of the changes you can expect:

Losing The Weight After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Easy weight loss – Most of those who turn to gastric sleeve surgery as their best option have struggled with their weight for years. To watch the pounds melt away without apparent effort in the first few months will do amazing things for your self-esteem. Every size you drop will feel as if it’s lifting a burden.

Your partner’s expectations – Your partner may have only known you as a heavy person, and they don’t know what to expect either. You can help them understand that you’re not becoming someone different–you’re becoming the person you always thought you could be. Make sure to include them in your thought process, and in your decision, all along the way.

Caring For Yourself After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Diet after weight loss surgery – The good news is that the weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is easy. Most patients don’t feel hungry and because of that they don’t feel the need to eat. Your gastric sleeve surgeon may recommend a certain liquid diet and you should adhere to that. Of course, there are many other online resources as well as other people that you may meet in the office or interact with elsewhere, such as in your gym, who may recommend different types of liquids and/or protein shakes, but be sure to check with your bariatric surgeon first before modifying his or her recommendations.

You should try to relearn eating and drinking slowly, which may feel different at first, so it would be advisable for you to come up with tricks to avoid inadvertent consumption of large amounts of liquids or foods that may make you feel uncomfortable. To this end, it would be advisable to plan to use bottles with spots caps for water and other liquids and use very small sized plates and utensils to facilitate a slower rate and slower amount of food consumption. At The Weight Loss Surgery Center Of Los Angeles, we will provide these utensils for you. To help you track your steps, we’ll also provide you a pedometer.

Understanding How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Affects Others

Share your journey the way you’re comfortable – It is your choice as to whether to share with the people at work or those in your family that you’re having surgery. However, you need to be aware that sharing your journey leads to answering a lot of well-meaning questions. If you’ve ever been to a baby shower, you know that everyone has their own delivery story, and they love sharing them. Everyone also has a cousin or a brother or a friend who had gastric surgery of some kind, as well, and they will want to share that information with you. Just remember that everyone’s journey after gastric sleeve is different and personal. Your journey will be yours and yours alone.

Understand what your weight loss means to others – So many people have dieted over and over unsuccessfully in their lives. Watching someone lose weight rapidly for a positive reason may be new in their lives. Some may take it a little personally, some may have a hard time dealing with the new you. Give them time. Strong connections, whether friendships or more intimate relationships, will continue to be strong after gastric sleeve weight loss.

Building The Life You Want After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Doing the work to keep your weight off after surgery – The surgery will do a lot for you in terms of weight loss, but it can’t get you up and exercising–that’s up to you! The best time to start is before you have the surgery. Start walking every day! You’ll heal faster, and as soon as you’re released from your initial restrictions after surgery, you can start exercising for the life you want instead of the life you used to have.

Build the life you want with confidence and control – By taking this step to lose the weight that’s been weighing you down, you will find the confidence you didn’t even know you had.

If you want to lose weight and regain your health and beauty, and you’re interested in gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. David Davtyan and his caring staff are here for you! With four convenient locations in Beverly Hills, Glendale, Rancho Cucamonga and Fountain Valley, The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles offers some of the finest weight-loss treatment in L.A.

Call us today at 877-9-BE-SLIM (877-923-7546) and schedule your initial complimentary consultation. Today is the day to take the first step on a journey to a whole new you!

Posted on behalf of Dr. David G. Davtyan MD, FACS, FICS

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