BARIATRIC SURGERY AFTERCARE AND FOLLOW UP

You will be discharged from the Sigulda Hospital on the 3rd – 4th day after the surgery. A statement from the hospital for you and your GP will be provided in English as well as necessary prescriptions for medications and vitamin supplements.

Our patient coordinator Ilva, so the bariatric surgeons, are always open for your questions after the surgery.

For our English speaking customer support and convenience after the surgery we offer a free initial consultation with our post-bariatric and nutrition consultant Ms.Vandhana Patel in the United Kingdom. Vandhana will once more discuss your personal dietary plan, behaviour and psychology after the bariatric surgery and will advise you on a longterm and successful weight loss journey.

Long-term commitment is essential after bariatric surgery

Obesity and overweight is a chronic and often a lifelong disease, and there is no reason to deem there is one short permanent cure for it. However, bariatric surgery and responsibly considered aftercare with moderate lifestyle changes lead many patients to achieve significant long-term weight loss results that are followed by tremendous health and social benefits, and increased life expectancy.

Ms.Vandhana Patel, Dietitian. Fully registered with the Health Care Professions Council. Member of the British Dietetic Association.

27 years experience working as a dietician and post-bariatric consultant on NHS. With Vandhana you will learn, how to –

  • Change and improve your relationship with food,
  • Make sustainable lifestyle changes,
  • Develop a positive mindset,
  • Plan and have the right nutritional supplementation

Vandhana is entitled to write a recommendation to your GP, to refer you on to a specialist psychologist, endocrinologist, radiologist, surgeon support, if required.

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Pain control. It is normal to experience some discomfort and pain after the surgery. There is no reason to suffer, the pain should be controlled to make you able to walk and breathe deeply after the surgery. Ask for pain medication to our nurses in the hospital. Normally the pain is gone, when you will be discharged from the hospital.

Hydration. You will be encouraged to start drinking by small sips soon after the surgery. It is important to drink at least 1.5 l of water / fluids each day to help prevent dehydration, kidney stones, and constipation.

Nutrition. A post-operation 4 stages diet plan will be provided to you along with instructions on how to eat, drink and avoid eating side effects such as dumping syndrome and indigestion.

Supplements and medication. Your surgeon will provide you prescriptions and instruct you on vitamin and mineral use and also other medication use after the surgery.

Moving. Your surgeon will encourage you to walk soon after your weight loss surgery and will want you to continue walking each day during your recovery in the hospital as well as after discharging from the hospital. Walking after the surgery will stimulate circulation and help in healing process as well as prevent the complication risk such as blood clots formation.

Follow up. You should follow your surgeons follow up instructions weeks, months and years after your weight loss surgery. We will keep in touch with you after the surgery at regular intervals to monitor and support your success and provide you surgeon’s advise, recommendations, view your blood test results, if necessary.  Remember you will always continue to have access to email, online and telephone support from your patient coordinator and your surgeon.

There may occur a need for consultations of nutritionist, exercise specialist or psychologist. Joining weight loss surgery patient support groups is also recommended.

You are not alone with us! Talk and share experiences with other people, who have had or plan to have the bariatric surgery with us by joining our Weight Loss Latvia support group on Facebook.

 

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