What is the bariatric journey like?

The journey of having a bariatric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, typically involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: The first step in the journey is to schedule a consultation with a bariatric surgeon to discuss the surgery and to determine whether it is the right option for you. During the consultation, the surgeon will review your medical history and perform a physical exam, and may also recommend that you undergo certain tests or evaluations to ensure that you are a good candidate for the surgery.
  2. Preparation: If you and your surgeon decide that bariatric sleeve surgery is the right option for you, the next step is to prepare for the surgery. This may include getting lab tests and other medical evaluations, quitting smoking (if applicable), and making changes to your diet and exercise habits. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for preparing for the surgery.
  3. Surgery: Bariatric sleeve surgery is typically performed laparoscopically, which means that it is done using small incisions and a camera to visualize the inside of the body. The surgery typically takes about one to two hours and is done under general anesthesia. During the surgery, the surgeon removes a portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller, tube-like stomach.
  4. Recovery: After the surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for one to three days to recover. You will need to take it easy for the first few weeks and may need to follow a liquid diet for the first few weeks. You will also need to attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure that you are healing properly.
  5. Lifestyle changes: Bariatric sleeve surgery is just one tool to help you achieve your weight loss goals. To be successful in the long term, it is important to make lifestyle changes, including following a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for how to incorporate these changes into your life after the surgery.

It is important to note that everyone’s journey is different, and it is normal to have ups and downs during the process. It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions and to seek support from friends and loved ones as you work to achieve your weight loss goals.

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Tyler Stafford from Peak Bariatric writes on a variety of issues concerning bariatric patients.