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Optimizing Pre-operative Health Status
November 12, 2014 1:23 pm
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Cessation of ALL tobacco and alcohol use
- Do not use NSAIDS prior to surgery or after surgery until cleared by surgeon
- Getting plenty of rest
- Staying Hydrated
- Pulmonary embolus prevention exercises such as ankle circles and point and flex toes
- Maintaining or starting a regular activity level. Any amount of increase in activity will benefit you after surgery. Walking, squats, lifting weights with arms
- Full laboratory blood studies and vitamin levels as ordered by the surgeon
- Start and optimize your vitamins, calcium and other mineral and supplements. Vitamin D deficiency increases surgical complications. (Another Vitamin D article)
- Manage preexisting health conditions (diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure etc..) Follow instruction in regards to what medication to stop or continue before surgery i.e. Aspirin, blood thinners, medications that interfere/interact with anesthesia, etc.
- Two forms of Birth Control if indicated.
- Have a clear understanding of the procedure
- Study all information provided to you regarding your surgery
- Remember that surgery is one of many tools to assist in weight loss and improved health. It does not fix other issues.
- Realistic expectation of the outcome of surgery
- The role of family involvement for support
- Be prepared with all the purchases for the post operative diet, vitamin and mineral supplements.
- There is also a number of other variables that will improve the long term outcome of the weight loss surgery:
- Investigate Protein Supplements for the highest bioavailability
- Try and eat whole, unprocessed foods
- Read labels on all food items
- Look for high protein recipes
- Network with supportive people who will provide a positive influence
- Long term success also depends on:
- Maintain daily protein requirements
- Maintain daily vitamins, calcium, minerals and other supplements
- Routine follow up with your bariatric surgeon.
- Routine laboratory studies to surveil vitamin and mineral levels.
- Get your medical advice from your surgeon.
- Get suggestions from other patients. Do not confuse this with medical advice.
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