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Health problems associated with obesity are the second leading cause of preventable death, behind smoking. That’s just one reason many people have been turning to Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery to perform weight loss procedures like the gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Bariatric surgery can be incredibly effective, but without preparing properly, you may not have the optimum results for your weight and other weight-related health conditions. Here is part one of our guide that will explore the best ways for properly preparing for gastric bypass surgery, from two months prior to your surgery to the day before your gastric bypass surgery date.

At Least Two Months Before Surgery

Two months or more prior to your surgery, you should be engaging in light but frequent exercise. Experts recommend getting your heart rate up for between 20 and 30 minutes three to five days each week. It’s also a good idea to start making dietary changes that will make it much easier for you to get used to these habits after the surgery. Getting your body used to these changes can help ease it into the transition more comfortably.

“Try to eat three regular meals and one to two small snacks per day. When planning meals, be sure to include breakfast and try to avoid eating within four hours of bedtime. Focus on increasing protein and nutrient dense vegetables, while reducing or eliminating sugar,” says UWHealth.

In addition, you should also make sure to follow all instructions or procedures given to you by your Nanticoke Health Services provider. At Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery, our team includes surgeons, a bariatrician (a doctor specializing in weight loss) and dietitians. They may provide more specific dietary or fitness instructions, create an individualized plan for you, and offer support groups or other activities to get you prepared for your weight loss journey.

Three Weeks Before Surgery

When you reach the point where you are three weeks away from your surgery date, continue your exercise regimen. Take any medications and vitamins as instructed for your medical weight loss program. Most doctors will request for you to come in for a quick checkup, possibly some blood tests, and to address any questions or concerns you have about your progress through the program.

Ultimately, understanding the proper steps to prepare for bariatric surgery can help you have the greatest success after your procedure. It is important to stay involved in the program before and after your weight loss surgery to minimize any potential complications and maximize your results. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss the preparation steps for one week prior to your surgery.