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  • What to Expect Post Obesity Surgery

    Getting weight loss surgery is not the end of your weight loss efforts - it is just a large step in it. Weight loss surgery has the most success in people who realize that it is not a quick fix, and understand that you will still need to stick to proper dieting and exercise if you intend to lose weight and keep it off. Do not expect for all of your weight to simply go away and stay gone just from the surgery itself.

    In addition to this, there are a few other things to expect after getting surgery. In most cases, you will not need to remain in the hospital for more than 3 days, though it may take up to 5 weeks before you can return to normal activities. Some forms of obesity surgery may have even longer recovery times.

    There are also common side effects. Constipation is very common after weight loss surgery, as well as frequent nausea, vomiting, and feelings of weakness. Infections of the surgical wound may also occur up to 3 weeks afterwards - these can often be treated with antibiotics, but may warrant additional surgery to treat properly.

    More serious complications are rare, but possible. These include blood in the stool, blood clots in the lungs, or leakage in the affected surgical areas.

    You may have difficulty absorbing certain nutrients after surgery. These include iron, folate, calcium, and vitamins B12 and D. You may need to adjust your diet or take supplements to ensure that you get enough of these substances.

    You will need to adjust your eating habits, and may need to eat smaller meals, but more frequently. You may also need to more carefully monitor what nutrition your diet contains. If you want to improve the chances of losing weight and keeping it off, you should also stick to a regular exercise plan, even after surgery.
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