Lifestyle Changes after Stomach Surgery

Lifestyle Changes after Stomach Surgery

Stomach surgery is a big step to take for any person and in most cases will affect the way in which a life can be led afterwards. Some types of operation such as hernia or ulcer surgery will only affect lifestyle for the short term and regular routines can be resumed once the body is recovered. Other operating procedures such as bariatric (obesity) and cancer will mean big lifestyle changes after stomach surgery.

Lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery

The lifestyle changes after stomach surgery to treat obesity can be over the shorter term of long term for the rest of the patient’s life.

The main aim of any type of bariatric surgery is to help a person that is classed as clinically obese lose weight, when weight cannot be lost any other way. Successful surgery will restrict or bypass part of the stomach so that the amount of food the stomach can hold is only a small percentage of its previous capacity. This will lead to the patient eating less and becoming full quickly.

Each method of surgery will only be carried out after the patient has agreed to make significant lifestyle changes after stomach surgery has taken place. By not agreeing to do so means that the operation will ultimately fail in its goal to help a person lose weight; the main changes will be in diet and exercise.

A strict diet and exercise plan is drawn up that must be followed to ensure that, while the weight is being lost, the patient can maintain health as-well as a lean body mass. Plenty of hydration is also needed to give good skin elasticity and to prevent hair loss that can occur.

Because of the operation and lifestyle changes after stomach surgery, the body will not be getting the same kinds of foods that it once did. Vitamins and supplements are often needed to replace protein, calcium and iron.

Lifestyle changes after stomach surgery for cancer

Cancer in the stomach is rare, but if it does occur it can mean that part or all of the stomach will need to be removed, either operation will require significant lifestyle changes.

Having part of the stomach of the stomach removed will mean that there is not the capacity to hold food that there once was. This will mean that during the first few months after surgery small meals will be needed, over time the stomach will stretch and grow in size and normal sized meals can be consumed.

The removal of the whole stomach after surgery will mean big lifestyle changes as a diet will require permanent change. When a patient has no stomach the food eaten will be passed directly to the bowel. The bowel does not have the capacity of the stomach and a change of diet to six small meals each day will be required. Exercise routines that were previously carried out before surgery may need to be changed to involve less strenuous activities.