How to Prepare for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Gastric sleeve for weight loss is a fairly new technique to help people shed a significant amount of excess pounds. It can be performed laparoscopically, meaning there are only four small incisions in the abdomen and one larger one. The surgeon will use these openings to see inside your body and perform the operation.

The surgery itself takes about ninety minutes to complete, but you’ll need to start preparing for it about a month in advance. So, what are some of the things you need to do to prepare for gastric sleeve surgery?

Stop Taking Certain Medications

There are certain medicines and supplements that can make surgery dangerous. While you might not be taking any of these, most people at least sometimes use problematic medications like NSAIDs. Your doctor will tell you which medicines are off-limits.

Quit Smoking

We know; this one isn’t easy. However, smoking makes it harder to heal from surgery and increases your chances of complications developing. You’ll need to stop 4-6 weeks before your gastric sleeve in Mexico.

Switch to a Healthier Diet

Part of preparing for gastric sleeve surgery is shrinking your liver. You’ll start by eating smaller portions and choosing foods lower in fat, then shortly before your procedure, you’ll switch to a PRE-OP Diet.

Schedule Help

After your surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home. However, you also might need assistance around the house. Be sure to line up the help you need so you aren’t stressing when your procedure is over.

Establish Realistic Expectations

Weight loss surgery can transform your life, but those post-surgery days aren’t all sunshine and roses, nor is the procedure a miracle cure. You need to focus on establishing realistic expectations regarding what the recovery is like, the work you need to put into your results, and how your life is going to change.

The team at Dr. Jalil’s office is committed to helping you have a successful gastric sleeve surgery with the right preparation and aftercare plan. We provide detailed information about this procedure as well as what to expect during your recovery period so that you can feel confident in your decision to undergo bariatric surgery.

If you’re considering undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, please contact our office today for more information on how we can help make your health goals come true or to schedule your pre-bariatric surgery psych evaluation.

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