Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery

Thorough preparation for bariatric surgery will contribute to improved outcomes, more sustainable weight loss, minimal risk of complications, reduced stress, and saving of money. Committed and astute bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding locations.

Working with the Surgeon’s Team

From pre-operative tests and surgeon’s instructions to insurance and financing options, a range of issues will have to be addressed prior to the bariatric surgery. The patient should also develop a positive mindset, clear weight loss goals, realistic expectations and a commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.

If the patient has insurance, they should check with the insurance provider about the benefits and the paperwork and formalities required. If insurance is not available, the patient should consider financing options, if they do not want to pay the full cost up front. The surgeon’s team will work closely with the patient to assist and guide them with regard to their insurance requirements or financing options.

Pre-operative tests, consultations and physicals may be scheduled to determine the suitability of a candidate for a specific weight loss surgery procedure. The surgeon’s team may also help with a scientific diet program that may have to be followed prior to the surgery. The surgeon’s office may require the patient to participate in other preparatory measures or educational meetings prior to the procedure.

Lifestyle Changes

To achieve ideal long-term weight loss and improved health following bariatric surgery, the patient should begin living as if they have had the surgery at least three months ahead of the scheduled surgery. To begin with, they should start focusing on following a balanced and eating for health, not for pleasure.

The weight loss surgery will create a smaller stomach and prevent the body from processing too much food. Therefore, to ensure that the body still receives adequate nutrition, it will be important to minimize the intake of junk food and increase the intake of healthy and nutritious foods. It is better to start getting habitual to these foods well in advance.

The candidate should gradually improve their fitness and exercise regimen prior to the surgery. They will also be required to stop smoking for up to six weeks before the surgery. The surgeon may recommend the patient to attend in-person support group meetings to gain more insights and improve their knowledge as well as confidence about the surgery.

Preparing for the Day of Surgery

The following tips can help to prepare for the day of the surgery:

  • Apply for at least one to two weeks of leave in advance at the workplace
  • Arrange for child care
  • Arrange for transportation from the hospital
  • Arrange for aftercare for at least the first week of recovery
  • Set up a comfortable and safe sleeping arrangement at home
  • Arrange in advance for sleep aids, clothes, hygiene and entertainment items at home

Dedicated bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and other cities across the landscape for weight loss surgery.

Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.

To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

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