Think about why you had surgery. What were your reasons behind making the decision for a lifestyle change? Now think about where you are at since surgery. Have you truly committed to your decision? Have you put 110% of your effort into being successful for the reasons that originally drove you to surgery? If your answer to this question is ‘NO,’ don’t be discouraged. You can still commit to your health!
A good starting point to re-committing is to do a little education refreshment! You can’t ever be 100% successful if you don’t understand how to be or if you don’t know exactly what is expected of you. With weight loss surgery, there is so much information out there that it can be very overwhelming initially after surgery. It isn’t surprising that not every patient will retain every aspect of information throughout the journey. Some good questions to ask yourself are:
- Do I know exactly what my vitamin regimen should be after surgery?
- Do I understand how to take my vitamins and why each supplement is necessary?
- Do I know how I should be adjusting my diet before and after each gastric band adjustment?
- Do I know when and what labs I will need after a Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve surgery?
- Do I know what foods I should be avoiding FOREVER after any weight loss surgery?
- Do I know all the signs of my band being too tight after gastric banding surgery?
- Do I understand how I can make changes with my eating habits to be more successful?
- Do I know how often I will be seen for follow up care after weight loss surgery and why such follow-up care is so important?
- Do I know all the support resources that are available to me after surgery?
- Do I remember the last time I was seen by Dr. Wagner or Dr. Snow?
If you are unsure of any of the answers to these questions, it would be a good idea to give our office a call. We are happy to answer questions for you anytime. We are also happy to set you up for an appointment to sit down with our dietitian, Stacey or Dr. Wagner or Dr. Snow to go over everything with you.
At some point, you also need to look at how you have changed since having surgery. What goals or other major life impacts have changed since your surgery? Are your reasons for being healthy significantly different since surgery? Maybe you can find more “drive” or motivation to commit to a healthier lifestyle now.
Lastly, everyone has to understand that weight loss surgery still requires work on your part. Once you have made a decision to change your lifestyle (with our help of course) you have to be consistent and take ownership of your choices and decisions in order to be successful. We are absolutely here 110% for our patients and we will stand behind each of you, but you still have to work at being successful. Dr. Wagner and Dr. Snow will tell everyone that weight loss surgery is not a magic miracle. It is only a tool. However, with that tool and your commitment, it can absolutely change your life!
We challenge you to look at areas of your life that you know need improvement, and actually work on them. Stick to your decisions and keep at it. Before you know it, making healthier food choices and working out consistently will be routine for you and you will have committed to your success!