During the months and weeks leading up to weight-loss surgery, establishing healthy habits is critical.
If you made the decision to have bariatric surgery to manage your weight, congratulations! You are on the road to a healthier life, and partnering with your health care provider as you prepare for the procedure will help enhance your weight-loss success.
“The behavior you exhibit before a surgery will continue after the operation, so establishing healthy habits early is very important,” says Brandon Andrew, MD, Director of the Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Center at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “Practices such as eating a balanced, low-calorie diet and exercising 30 minutes per day for five days each week can be challenging. But changing unhealthy behaviors can be achieved and will have a positive impact on your life.”
HSHS Sacred Heart offers a six-month preparation program—overseen by physicians, physical therapists, and dietitians—for those planning to have weight-loss surgery. Engaging in healthy habits during this program can help you lose as much as 60 to 80 percent of your excess weight before surgery, often resulting in improvement of weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.
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