What to Expect from Bariatric Surgery

What to Expect from Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric weight-loss surgery is an effective solution if you’ve battled weight challenges repeatedly with diet, medication, and changes to your lifestyle but haven’t found success. Chances are that if you’ve decided to reclaim your wellness through bariatric surgery, you’re curious about what you can expect.   

At MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, our board-certified physician Abel Bello, MD, specializes in using minimally invasive bariatric procedures to give our patients maximum weight-loss results. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect, no matter which surgical procedure you opt for! 

What to expect before bariatric surgery

You should expect to start preparing for your bariatric surgery several months before your scheduled procedure date. Once Dr. Bello approves you for bariatric surgery, he’ll review the steps you should take to get ready.

While the preparation specifics depend on your unique situation, some common things you should expect when getting ready for surgery include: 

You’ll also want to be sure to talk to family and friends about helping you at home for several weeks after your surgery. You’ll need assistance with basic house cleaning tasks, childcare for small children, meal preparations, driving, and so on.  

What to expect during bariatric surgery

Depending on which bariatric procedure, you can expect it to take about two hours or so. All types of bariatric surgery require general anesthesia, so you remain comfortable and safe while Dr. Bello performs your procedure.

Although details of each surgery vary based on the type you undergo, at MIB Surgery, we specialize in minimally invasive bariatric procedures. That means you can expect less pain, a shorter recovery period, and fewer complications. 

Dr. Bello makes one or more small incisions and uses specialized instruments to carry out your procedure. After your surgery, you’re monitored by our team — typically for about a day or until Dr. Bello clears you to leave. 

Expect that our team will have you up and walking as soon as possible to aid in blood flow and promote the healing process. 

What to expect after bariatric surgery

After bariatric surgery, you need to follow the prescribed health and diet recommendations our care team at MIB surgery provides. You can expect to have regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Below, he can monitor your progress.

You can expect not to feel very hungry in the first few weeks after your surgery. Most patients follow a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet after surgery, which gives your stomach and digestive system a chance to heal. 

Over time, you’ll incorporate new foods, beginning with small portions and low-calorie foods. You probably won’t be able to eat some of the foods and beverages you enjoyed before your surgery, like soda and other carbonated beverages, which cause your stomach to expand.

You can also expect to keep following your exercise plan. A lifelong commitment to physical activity is an essential part of your surgery’s lasting success and one of the best ways to stop excess weight from coming back. 

How to learn more about bariatric surgery

The best way to learn the details about bariatric surgery is by scheduling a consultation at MIB Surgery. Dr. Bello evaluates your health, discusses weight-loss methods you’ve used in the past, and reviews your goals to create a plan customized for you. 

Generally speaking, some type of minimally invasive bariatric surgery may be right for you if:

Meeting these criteria means you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, but they aren’t the only considerations. Dr. Bello evaluates many factors when recommending bariatric surgery, so even if you have extra weight to lose, you may not be a candidate for bariatric surgery. 

Dr. Bello screens everyone carefully to recommend the best weight-loss solution for their unique needs. For example, some patients benefit from our supervised medical weight-loss program before or after having minimally invasive bariatric surgery. 

Ready to take the next steps with bariatric surgery? Get started by contacting Dr. Bello and the team at MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, by calling us or requesting a consultation online now.

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