Top 10 Tips Before and After Gastric Bypass Surgery

6. Stop smoking. Smoking can lead to post-op complications and most doctors will refuse to operate if you still have nicotine in your system. You will normally need to stop smoking 2-4 weeks before surgery.
7. Have someone ready to help you out around the house for the first week or two. You may need someone for physical support and/or to do things around the house such as light cleaning, laundry, etc.
8. Make a list of things you will need for the first few weeks. This will include clear liquids, clear soups, sugar-free jello, small food containers that are perfect for your new, smaller portions, and protein powder. Make some post-op friendly meals and freeze them into small portions. Remember that they must be high in protein and nutritional value but very low in fat and sugar.
9. Get proper nutrition before surgery. Ensure your body is ready for the surgery and the recovery phase — Eat a proper and varied diet will lots of protein and vegetables. This will help get your body in the best possible shape before having gastric bypass surgery.
10. Read up on the surgery. Make sure you are well educated on your procedure and know what to expect. Talk to others who have already had a gastric bypass and join a support group. Online support groups, such as RealSelf, can provide support, expert knowledge and anonymity.

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