By Mariam Lakdawala- Registered Dietician and Bariatric Nutritionist
It is rightly said, “Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement”.
As a patient it is expected of you to understand the lifestyle and behavioural changes required to be made post Bariatric surgery. Prior awareness about what to expect will help you to prepare and commit to follow healthy dietary and exercise practices after the surgery.
Anthropometry measurements, medical history and diet history obtained in the 1st consultation, gives us an idea about the patient’s eligibility for bariatric surgery, lifestyle and eating behaviour. The bariatric surgeon will recommend the procedure/ surgery that will be best suited as per the details obtained in the consultation and explain its pro’s and con’s.
Very often we come across patients who are volume eaters, emotional eaters, fast eaters, sweet eaters, etc. Thus, it is imperative to inform them that after surgery they will have to eat more mindfully. Their diet will transition from clear liquids to full liquids to soft diet and only after 1 month, they will be able to eat a full diet, that too the quantity will be less. Depending on the type of bariatric surgery decided they are counselled about the importance and duration of nutritional supplementation.
Counselling the patient thoroughly before surgery will help to decrease the risk of surgery and fasten the post-operative recovery.
About Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic Surgeon. She is very renowned and is extremely passionate about her field of specialization.
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Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization. She completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. Read more
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