Once you’ve made the decision to pursue a sleeve gastrectomy you will have to start preparing for it. Gastric sleeve surgery, like most bariatric surgeries, comes with a list of things you should do for both your body and mind far before the scheduled surgery date. Here’s what to do when getting ready for gastric sleeve surgery.
Know What You’re Getting Into
One part of preparation is the understanding that you know what you’re getting into. Gastric sleeve surgery is only the first step if your goal is weight loss, fitness, and better health. You need to set goals and have realistic expectations for your surgery.
The surgery can only do so much. It’s up to you to tighten and maintain the results after the surgery. This may mean a host of lifestyle changes and even a mental attitude adjustment. Your preparation for the surgery should start you down a path that extends far beyond the surgery date.
Speak to Your Bariatric Surgeon or Their Office
Before you do anything, you should speak to your bariatric surgeon. Their office can tell you best what you should do to prepare. Yes, there’s many things you can do on your own, but your surgeon gets the final word. Your surgeon’s office may just give you a full plan to follow. Make sure you follow it.
Pay Attention to Your Finances, Insurance, or Payment Arrangement
Months ahead of time, you need to make sure you can afford the surgery. Look at payment options you can work with. Speak to the surgeon’s office about how they charge, what they charge, and what they expect by way of payment.
Start Dropping Destructive Habits
Way before the surgery date, you should make it your mission to drop any unhealthy habits. This can include smoking, alcohol consumption, coffee, or any recreational substances you may partake of. You want your body strong and as healthy as possible before surgery, if you want the best results.
Start Working On Your Fitness
You should start working on your fitness months before surgery. Keep in mind any pound you lose naturally increases the overall success of your surgery. You can start an exercise program or just start taking daily walks.
The point is you’re moving and staying true to your goals. Besides, the need for exercise will increase after surgery, so it’s a good idea to start early.
Pay Attention to Nutrition
It’s time for health-conscious eating.
- Eat protein rich foods
- Start taking a multivitamin
- Drink more water and less sugary drinks
Show care with how you eat. You don’t want to gain more weight in the process. You also want to become accustomed to eating smaller portions. Remember, a sleeve gastrectomy makes your stomach smaller. So, it’s a good idea to become accustomed to eating less food but gaining more nutrients.