How Weight Loss Surgery Changes Your Body

Weight loss surgery isn’t a quick fix that allows you to jump right back into your old routines without making any lifestyle changes. The more invasive the surgery, the more changes you’ll need to make to accommodate your new stomach. Health professionals will give you a variety of dietary changes you must make immediately after surgery.

But, it’s more than just dietary differences. You can expect a range of physical and emotional changes after going through weight loss surgery. Some of them will be easy to adjust to and other changes you will need to be more prepared for. Make sure you have an open and frank discussion with your doctor so that you know what to expect following weight loss surgery as the changes will vary from person to person.

Here is a general overview of what you might expect if you decided to go through weight loss surgery.

Changes to Expect After Gastric Band Surgery

Lap or gastric band surgery will require that you consider your stomach as a baby stomach. It will never hold more than 4 to 6 ounces at each meal, meaning you must take small bites and chew slowly. Your stomach is basically relearning how to eat, and the doctor will prescribe protein and vitamin shakes to keep you healthy. You may also need to puree foods for the first few weeks until your body learns how to handle solid foods.

People with the gastric band find that they lose between one to three pounds a week. This may cause feelings of hungriness as the stomach begins to heal. After six to eight weeks, the doctor may fill the band with saline to tighten the band and help speed up weight loss. Each time this happens, you will need to help your stomach relearn how to handle solid foods. Things you may experience with the gastric band include vomiting, nausea, and bleeding.

Changes to Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery

This invasive surgery makes your stomach the size of a walnut and it takes a considerable amount of time to get your body used to its new stomach. Weight loss in the first few months is quick, and your body can experience a myriad of side effects and changes.

Vomiting and stomach pain is a common occurrence for the first few months after surgery. The stomach is not only relearning how to eat but going through the recovery process at the same time. This surgery can also cause flu like symptoms, thinning hair, mood changes, and dry skin.

With all of the negative side effects come some positive body changes. Within the first two years, many people report a decrease in cholesterol and blood pressure, improvement with Type 2 diabetes, and a reduction in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Mental and Emotional Changes After Weight Loss Surgery

Besides the obvious physical changes made to the body, many people report an increased level of self-esteem and self-confidence after weight loss surgery. The increased mobility, ability to buy smaller clothes, and the feeling that not everyone is judging you based on your weight helps improve mental health. Many people credit weight loss surgery for both the physical and emotional changes that happen to their body.

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