Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy) involves reducing the size of your stomach to a short tube shape. It works by making you feel full sooner so that you eat less.
It’s a less invasive procedure compared to Gastric Bypass Surgery because it doesn’t involve intestinal tract reconstruction.
Deciding whether gastric sleeve surgery is right for you? It is a detailed process that could involve multiple consultations, a diet plan and a possible psychological assessment.
Here are some tips to help you through the process, before your Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
1. Change your diet
Gastric sleeve Surgery is a serious procedure. You should prepare your body approximately two weeks before surgery (This will vary depending on your doctor’s advice and individual needs) and you’ll likely need to start an all-liquid diet. There are two reasons for this, one is to shrink your liver, the other to make surgery safer.
2. Alter your grocery list
Eating healthy, increasing your protein intake and avoiding refined carbohydrates such as sugars and saturated fats provides the body with beneficial nutrients, vitamins and minerals. This will help prepare it for the nutritionally demanding post-bariatric surgery recovery.
3. Ensure your wardrobe is suitable
Loose clothing is a must as you will likely experience some soreness after surgery. It’s a good idea to have some transitional clothing to fit you at various stages of your weight loss journey.
4. Quit smoking
Stop smoking at least 1 month before surgery. This will speed up your post-operative recovery and reduce the risk of surgery-related complications. Quit Now.
5. Gather a bariatric surgery support group
You’ll need to make sure you have people around to help out during your recovery so it’s important to educate your friends and family. Both mental and physical support throughout this journey will be very beneficial and your doctor may encourage you to join a support group.
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6. Finalise insurance coverage finance
Depending on your specific needs and cover, your Gastric Sleeve Surgery may or may not be covered by insurance. Make sure all of your paperwork is completed and approved so you don’t end up with an unexpected bill.
7. Preparation will make your life easier.
Get prescriptions early if possible, clean your house, have your laundry done, cook any meals and defrost when needed. You should have ready, any non-prescription medication including laxatives prior to your surgery.
8. Know all the facts about Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
Find out exactly what your gastric sleeve surgery will entail. Talking in detail can reduce fear and anxiety associated with the Gastric Sleeve Surgery. It will help produce the best results possible. There should be no doubt or concerns heading into surgery.
9. Lots and lots of Protein.
You’ll need to eat a lot of protein after surgery. Find some protein-rich foods you’ll be able to incorporate into your diet without adding too many extra calories. Some good sources of proteins are: shakes, meats, chicken, legumes (beans), and even peanut butter. You need 65 to 80 grams of protein daily depending on your size.
Related: Eating After Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
You should always seek the advice of your Specialist Surgeon or healthcare professional for any questions you have about your own medical condition. If you want more information from our Weight loss Specialists on Weight Loss, Nutrition, Bariatric Surgery or Post-Weight Loss, Body Contouring and Plastic or Cosmetic Surgery, please send an Enquiry today or ph 1800 033 333. We look forward to hearing from you.