You Will Notice Significant Improvements in Your Life after Bariatric Surgery
Obesity can have a major impact on your health and your life. Once you begin taking steps to lose the weight through bariatric surgery, you can see significant improvements. As you are losing weight and even once you have reached your goals, some adjustments will be more difficult than others. Dr. Liza María Pompa González and her multidisciplinary team of specialists offer psychological, nutritional, and medical care to help you through these major changes in your life after bariatric surgery at their Tijuana, Mexico, practice. Bariatric surgery is a major body- and life-altering procedure and it is important to make sure that you are well prepared.
A Healthier, Aware Lifestyle
Weight loss surgery requires drastic changes to your lifestyle, including diet and exercise. You will need to eat much smaller, healthier meals. Some patients may need to eat several small meals throughout the day rather than the standard three meals per day. These changes can affect your social activities when going out to eat or drink, and various compromises must be made.
Most patients who undergo malabsorptive surgeries will require a strict regimen of vitamins and supplements to replace lost nutrients. Regular exercise is also essential to weight loss for all bariatric patients and improving your overall health. Our team can work with you to develop a physical activity plan tailored to your needs before and after your surgery. As you continue to lose weight, you may find that exercise and different activities become easier.
Physical Changes After Surgery
Within the first year following your surgery, you should experience significant weight loss if you follow a healthy diet and exercise plan. Due to the weight loss, you may need new clothes more frequently, creating an additional cost. Once you have lost weight, you may be left with extra, loose skin that can still impact your physical activities and how clothing fits. We perform body contouring surgery specifically tailored to the needs of bariatric surgery patients who have accomplished massive weight loss.
Emotional Balance and Relationships
Many patients do not truly understand the magnitude of the changes they will undergo following bariatric surgery. We provide extensive psychological care to help patients prepare for these adjustments. Some patients struggle with making lifestyle changes, while others struggle with continuing to see themselves only as obese as they lose weight. You may also experience frustration with slow progress or complications along the way. Weight loss may also impact your personal and professional relationships, leading you to face changes in your interactions with others. It is important to prepare for the potential alterations in your relationships, your attitude towards yourself, and your way of thinking about food and exercise.
A strong support network is vital to your success after your bariatric surgery. Having even just one or two family members or friends to support you and cheer you on can help keep you motivated and can make a big difference in your odds of success. As part of our bariatric program, we provide online support groups to patients following all bariatric procedures. These support groups are full of other patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. They can offer you advice and support through difficult times, and better understand what you are going through.
Our team of skilled specialists and our bariatric psychologist is also always available to our patients for one-on-one therapy sessions, in person or by phone. Our medical and psychological team will follow up with you each month in the first year following your surgery. After that, you will follow up with our teams at three, six, nine, twelve, and eighteen months.
Begin Your Journey
Bariatric surgery is often the best way for obese patients to achieve weight loss goals and improve their overall health. Many patients see a reduction or elimination of weight-related health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, breathing issues, and type 2 diabetes. If you are ready to begin your weight loss journey, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pompa González.