By researching bariatrics, you have taken the first step towards a healthier you. Bariatric surgery is not for everyone so we’ve compiled information and resources on this website, so you can find a solution that is right for you. If you are more than 100 pounds overweight, have been unsuccessful in losing weight and keeping it off through diet and exercise and suffer from weight related health problems, then bariatric surgery may be an option for you.
St. Mary’s of Michigan invites you to browse this website so you can make a well informed decision when it comes to bariatric surgery. You can meet our team, look over the answers to frequently asked questions, get nutritional information, sign up for our newsletter, read patient stories and sign-up to attend one of our free bariatric information sessions.
Your Journey Begins Here
Benefits of Surgery
Today, bariatric surgery is helping thousands of individuals live healthier, longer lives. Although it depends on the patient and procedure, many will not only lose a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery, but also reduce the other health risks associated with obesity.
Despite the positive results, patients considering weight loss surgery need to know that there is no quick fix when it comes to losing weight. Bariatric surgery requires willpower and a commitment to making significant lifestyle changes.
Preparing for a Life-Changing Decision
This evaluation assesses if there are any issues that could interfere with the best surgery outcome for you. Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision, and we want to make sure you are prepared.
By completing the required psychological assessment, you allow us to help you identify your strengths and areas where you may need additional support in order to help maintain your weight loss goals and adjust to essential lifestyle changes.
Eating After Weight Loss Surgery
Because your food intake will be lower after weight loss surgery, WHAT you eat must be healthy and rich in nutrients. At St. Mary’s of Michigan we offer a designated registered dietitian who specialize in bariatric nutritional counseling to assist you with eating right for a fuller, longer life.
Post-Surgery Nutrition Patients are started on a liquid diet after surgery. The first meal will consist of clear liquids, protein supplement and broth.
Patients will remain on the full liquid diet for the first two weeks after surgery.After two weeks (and the ability to maintain an adequate protein and fluid intake), the diet is advance to pureed foods.
After two weeks on the pureed diet, patients are advanced to a soft diet for the following two weeks. Eight weeks after surgery, patients will be able to tolerate more normal food consistencies. Patients should eat five to six small, high-protein meals.
(However, some patients might not tolerate red meat, pasta, white bread, rice, citrus membranes or dry foods.)
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