Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery: What to Expect Before & After

Posted by Jason Radecke on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

For anyone who suffers from diabetes, as well as falls into the obese category, it may be doubly important to consider gastric bypass surgery, as there is new evidence showing the two are positively linked and can lessen or cure diabetes in some patients.

In a recent study (you can read about it in depth here), it was shown that there was an overwhelming positive correlation between subjects who underwent gastric bypass surgery, and their success rate with overcoming diabetes in one of many forms, including diabetes remission for over 78% of individuals.

With this new, incredible information concerning diabetes and bariatric surgery, it's important that you weigh the pros and cons, and consider what steps you'll need to take both pre- and post-operation in order to maximize your surgery and stay in a positive place mentally, emotionally and physically.

So if you've spoken with your doctor and decided that gastric bypass is the right choice for you, there's plenty more to do to get ready, and we're here to help you figure out your personal journey through it all!

How To Prepare

Your doctor will no doubt come up with a plan with you for your surgery, including what you should do to best prepare for it mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Some of the general steps will include things like:

  • Bariatric psychological evaluations. See why they are required here.
  • Nutritional deficiency testing, and supplement regimens to correct any deficiencies.
  • A comprehensive overview of health insurance, options for payment and understanding what may or may not be covered.
  • Explanation of side effects and risks.
  • Instructions on acceptable medications to take, and which medications you will need to momentarily suspend for the operation to be successful and safe.

The doctor will also run through the ins and outs of the surgery itself, explaining to you the process of anesthesia, the method of surgery (often laparoscopic, though sometimes more general open surgery), and the common length of surgery and after-care medication program.

When The Surgery Is Over

After your gastric bypass surgery, there are of course more challenges waiting for you, but you will be positioned to conquer them much more easily, thanks to the procedure you just underwent. Recovering is just as important as the surgery itself, and here are some of the things you can expect afterwards:

  • Sometimes a 2-4 day stay in the hospital after surgery. Routinely, only ingesting liquids/pureed food for the next 3-6 weeks.
  • Rapid initial weight loss, and a slow reintroduction of solid foods approximately one month after surgery.
  • A vitally necessary addition of vitamin and mineral supplements to your daily diet. These will include Vitamin D, Calcium, B12, Iron, and a daily multivitamin.

Your doctor will also most likely set up an appointment with a nutritionist so that you can develop a healthy dietary plan for this new chapter in your life.

With this information, you'll be that much more prepared for gastric bypass surgery, and hopefully the successful fight against diabetes!

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