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In the last post, we discussed some of the most essential steps for properly preparing for weight loss and bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass. Taking the right steps all the way up until the day of your procedure is the best way to maximize weight loss potential and results. Here’s part two of our guide that will address some more steps to prepare for gastric bypass surgery.

Medications up to One Week Before Surgery

At the one week mark, most experts recommend avoiding aspirin and other aspirin products. This also applies to blood thinners. The best measure is to talk to your doctor before taking any medications, whether they’re prescription or over the counter. This is especially true when it comes to the week before your surgery, since some medications may react with the anesthesia.

Your Diet One to Seven Days Before Surgery

The week before your surgery, you should be consuming a full liquid diet. This is reviewed with you by the surgeon. This is a necessary step to prepare you for your bariatric procedure. For a specific list of appropriate liquids or if you are unsure about your dietary restrictions, talk to your weight loss doctor. It’s also a good idea to take some time to care for your emotional health; you may feel nervous or uneasy about the surgery, which is completely natural.

“Begin thinking about what factors have contributed to your weight and what has been in the way of making changes in your life… Consider starting a list or journal of healthy and motivating lifestyle changes you are making. Develop a support network of positive, caring people. Find alternative ways of coping with emotional eating. Remember that making lifestyle changes is a process that takes time — take small steps, set realistic goals and stay positive,” says UWHealth.

In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, patients who had gastric bypass surgery lost an average of 64.8 pounds and those who had gastric sleeve surgery lost about 55 pounds within one year. Taking the right steps before your weight loss surgery can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.  In fact, those that tend to practice healthier habits prior to their surgery can far exceed the national average for weight loss statistics. For more information about medical weight loss surgery options, contact Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery at (302) 536-5395.