Getting Your Desired Results With Gastric Bypass

Getting Your Desired Results With Gastric Bypass

Bariatric procedures, like gastric bypass, provide life-changing weight loss solutions. However, your surgery is only part of it. Without making long-term changes in your life, you won’t get your desired results.

Dr. Chad Carlton relies on the latest, proven weight-loss solutions at LoneStar Bariatrics to help people reach their goals. Dr. Carlton has won numerous prestigious awards over his career, including the physician-voted D Magazine Top Doctor in both Dallas and Collin counties. The secret to his success? He knows that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for weight loss. Instead, he works with each person in his care to determine the best approach to help them reach their goals and maintain them.

If you are considering gastric bypass, here’s what you need to know about getting the results you crave.

How gastric bypass works

Dr. Carlton usually recommends bariatric procedures for two reasons. Either you haven’t had success losing weight in the past with diet and exercise, or your weight is causing serious health problems. That’s because bariatric procedures surgically change your digestive system, making them a valuable tool for weight loss. 

Gastric bypass surgery is one type of highly effective bariatric procedure. During gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Carlton makes your stomach smaller and bypasses part of your small intestine. These modifications not only change how much food you can eat, but they impact the amount of nutrients and calories you absorb. 

Gastric bypass can help people lose significant amounts of weight; about 100 pounds on average. On top of that, it can also stop heartburn and acid reflux, reverse Type 2 diabetes, and lower your risks of heart problems, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

However, it takes more than surgery to get results.

Life after gastric bypass

Long-term weight loss may start with gastric bypass, but you need to make lifestyle changes to reach your goals, and they have to remain permanent. 

Diet

First and foremost, your diet changes when you have gastric bypass surgery. In most cases, you need to focus on consuming high-protein foods and staying away from items with a lot of sugar and starch. 

It’s also essential to drink at least 64 ounces of fluid each day to avoid constipation, fatigue, kidney problems, and nausea.

Exercise

Weight loss surgery often increases energy, which is the perfect motivation to move your body. However, you also have to commit to regular physical activity to maintain your weight loss long-term.

Vitamins and minerals

Since gastric bypass changes how your body absorbs nutrients, you have to take vitamin and mineral supplements for life, such as:

Dr. Carlton can offer personalized instructions on which supplements you need to avoid nutritional deficiencies.

Medications

If you take medication before undergoing a bariatric procedure, your needs could change after gastric bypass. As we mentioned above, gastric bypass can improve several health conditions, so you may not need the same medication — or the same dosages — after your surgery. You could also require different forms of specific drugs due to how your body absorbs things you ingest. 

Smoking

When considering gastric bypass, it’s important to quit smoking. Nicotine impacts your body’s ability to heal and puts you at risk of serious and life-threatening post-surgical complications, like blood clots, pneumonia, and heart attack. Plus, quitting smoking now puts you on the path to a healthier lifestyle after your surgery. 

Alcohol use

Alcohol and bariatric surgery don’t mix. That’s because after having gastric bypass, alcohol gets absorbed into your bloodstream faster, and it stays in your system longer. This can increase your risk of alcoholism, so you should plan on avoiding alcohol after gastric bypass.

Ongoing bariatric visits

What often surprises people most is that you should plan on having regular visits with Dr. Carlton for life, even when you reach your weight loss goals. These appointments can help you maintain your results by offering the support and expertise you need surrounding successful weight loss.

Are you ready to get results with gastric bypass? Contact the LoneStar Bariatrics nearest you to schedule an appointment by calling or booking online today.

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