The Main criteria to qualify for Weight Loss surgery are as follows:-
- You are medically classed as being overweight or obeseYou have a BMI of more than. a. your BMI is 30 or more for gastric band surgery in France
. b. your BMI is 35 or more for gastric band surgery in Belgium. c. your BMI is 40 or more for Gastric Bypass or gastric Sleeve surgery in France or BelgiumYou can check your own BMI on one of the many BMI calculators you can find on the internet.Click HERE to go to a link to one of the most popular online BMI Calculators.
- You are Experiencing an increased risk of ill health such as sleep apnoea, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, a combination of these problems, the potential to shorten your life span.
- You are experiencing chronic physical symptoms. Physical symptoms could include fatigue, back pain, prolonged or chronic acid reflux, diminished mobility and trouble executing tasks such as tying your shoe laces or even washing yourself.
- Your weight has affected you psychologically. You perhaps be going through degrees of clinical depression, anxiety and stress that impact negatively and significantly upon your lifestyle. You may also have very low self-esteem and limited self-confidence.
- Your obesity has impacted on you socially. For instance it may have affected your current personal relationships, your ability to have an sexual relationship, or your confidence in being able to interact socially. You may feel unable to travel or go out shopping, or attend entertainment activities such as the cinema or theaters because you can’t use a normal sized seat.
- You’ve genuinely tried to slim down by a variety of means but not been successful.
Weight loss surgery isn’t a panacea for weight loss.
There are many examples of people who have had the weight loss surgery in the past and then suffered a relapse and then started to re-gained weight because they eat or drink the wrong foods, and do not make the essential lifestyle changes such as regular exercising.
Weight loss surgery will work for you only if it is accompanied by lifestyle changes and changes in your thinking. It is imperative that you practice mental self-discipline in relation to food choice and do regular exercise following any weight loss surgery
How long after surgery would I start losing weight?
Your weight loss will also be monitored at the follow-up appointments. If you have been fitted with a gastric band, you should aim for a steady rate of weight loss at around 1lb or 2lb (about 0.5kg or 1kg) a week, that continues for a year to 18 months.
If you have had a stomach bypass it is common to lose weight faster than this at first. But over time, the weight loss resulting from gastric bypass and gastric band procedures is the same.
If you were very overweight, you may not achieve a healthy BMI even once your weight loss has stopped. But moving closer to a healthy BMI will decrease your risk of serious health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Once you have recovered from surgery, exercising regularly will help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
It is really crucial to adhere your suggested dieting program after surgery.
Dieting plans may differ between medical specialist and depend upon your individual circumstances. However, virtually everyone will be committed to a program similar to the ones outlined below.
Diet following a gastric band operation.
PLEASE NOTE : THIS INFORMATION IS PUBLISHED AS A GENERAL GUIDELINE AND YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY YOUR SURGEON FOLLOWING ANY WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
it is ESSENTIAL that you follow the recommendations provided by your own Surgeon as each Patients circumstances are individual to them and may vary from the general plans which are given as a guideline only for information and educational reasons.
Your diet after gastric band surgery will progress over three principal phases:
In the first four weeks subsequent to your surgery,
you will only be able to drink liquids and eat small portions of pureed food, such as mashed potato. First four weeks
It’s crucial that whatever food you eat during this time period is pureed. Attempting to consume solid foods at this stage could put pressure on the band and potentially damage it or cause it to move from the correct location around your stomach.
Puréed food has the equivalent texture and consistence as baby food. You are able to purée food using a food processor, hand-held blender or potato masher.
Additional fluids, such as thin sauces or water, may be required to slightly soften some types of food.
the objective is to eat smaller portions four to five times a day. A portion is approximately 100g, or five to six tablespoons of food. Eat all your meals slowly, taking small mouthfuls.
Stop eating as soon as you feel full. Because of the position of the band, you will probably go through a feeling of fullness or tightness in your chest rather than in your stomach.
Plan on drinking around 1.5 liters (2.5 pints) of water a day. Drink small glasses, around 100-200ml, between meals, but never with your meals.
Whenever you experience recurrent episodes of vomiting after eating, it may be a sign you are eating a bit too much or that your band needs to be adjusted. Contact your GP, Surgeon or aftercare consultant for further advice.
In weeks four to six
you will be able to have soft food, such as chicken provided that the meat is cut in to small pieces. After six weeks, you should be able to gradually resume a healthy diet based on eating small amounts of nutritional food.
Continue eating a similar diet as you did for the first four weeks, but your food no longer has to be puréed, although it should preferably be soft without any lumps or fat.
For example, you could eat:
- wholewheat breakfast cereals mixed with milk
- mashed potatoes and melted cheese
After six weeks
After six weeks, you will be able to adopt a long-term diet plan that you will need to adhere for the remainder of your life. Your gastric band should by now have been adjusted correctly, so you should need to consume much less to satisfy your appetite.
Although weight loss is an significant goal of your dieting plan, don’t ignore the nutritional content.
Diet after a gastric bypass
The progression of dieting stages following a gastric bypass is generally similar to those after a gastric band:
In the first week after surgery,
- only drink liquids (this doesn’t include puréed food).
- In weeks two to four, you can eat puréed food in the same quantities (100g) and frequencies (four to five times a day) as described above.
- In weeks four to six, you can eat soft food.
- After six weeks, gradually resume eating a healthy diet.However, you need to be aware of several additional issues.
- You will need to avoid eating food high in sugar, such as chocolate, cakes, sweets and biscuits. This is because your bypass affects how you digest sugar, and any sugar you eat will trigger your body to produce high levels of insulin.The excessive amount of insulin can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms that are collectively known as dumping syndrome. Symptoms of dumping syndrome include:
- abdominal (tummy) pain
- You will also need to take daily vitamin and mineral supplements, as your small intestine will no longer be able to digest all the vitamins and minerals your body needs from your diet.The dosage and type of supplements can vary from case to case, but most people are required to take:
- a multivitamin supplement, which contains a combination of different vitamins
- a calcium supplement (the body requires calcium to maintain healthy bones)
- an iron supplement
Diet after other types of weight loss surgery is broadly similar to the above diet plans. However it is ESSENTIAL that you follow the recommendations provided by your own Surgeon as each Patients circumstances are individual to them and may vary from the above general plans which are given as a guideline only for information and educational reasons.
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