Aftercare following Gastric bypass surgery

This is a combined programme of regular follow up visits to your clinic or hospital. This programme will include advice regarding your diet: what foods you can eat and why and what to avoid. The success of your surgery depends on you sticking to a healthy diet so it is important that you made aware of the importance of sensible nutrition.

Exercise is another important factor here: you will have already started doing some gentle exercise such as walking. This is fine and walking is a very good way of losing weight and getting fit into the bargain. As you start to lose weight your mobility will improve and you will find that you are now able to take part in a range of sports or physical activities. Medical experts usually recommend people who have not exercised for some time to build it up slowly and this is what you will have to do. Find something that you are likely to enjoy, whether that is salsa dance or cycling and stick with it.

A combination of diet and exercise will help to shift that weight and will help with weight management in general.

You will be given advice regarding daily vitamin and mineral supplements. This is extremely important as it will protect your health against a wide range of deficiencies.

Your progress will be checked by a specialist in order to confirm that everything is going well and that you are not experiencing any physical or mental problems after surgery. It is also designed at spotting any post-surgery complications although this is a rarity.

Other aspects of this follow up could include support and advice from a senior obesity nurse, a clinical review which includes checking your blood pressure as well as taking a blood sample, and access to a local support group.

There is a very useful organisation called BOSPA (British Obesity Surgery Patient Association) which has information about local patient support groups and other issues related to obesity surgery.

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