Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Our program combines four components: medical, nutritional, psychological, and surgical. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and continues with education and treatment after surgery.
What Can I Do to Prepare?
Bariatric surgery is like other major surgeries. You can best prepare by knowing the benefits and risks of surgery and by closely following your doctor's instructions.
How Do I Mentally Prepare Myself?
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterward.
- Keep in mind that you’ll never be able to eat the way you did before, and that you’ll have to watch the way you eat for the rest of your life.
- Talk to people who have had bariatric surgery. You can hear the stories of other patients in the Voices of Experience section.
Before we gain weight on the outside, your body is busy gaining weight on the inside of the abdomen. The liver is one of the organs that enlarges and gains fat as we gain excess weight (commonly referred to as a “fatty liver”). Similarly, as we lose weight, we first lose weight from the inside of the abdomen. For example, a 5-10 pound weight loss just before surgery will help shrink the liver. This can facilitate a faster surgery and may decrease postoperative pain.
This can often be achieved by replacing one meal a day with a low carbohydrate protein shake.