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Possible Side Effects

Patients may experience some short-term side effects following their bariatric procedure. Common side effects include aches, nausea, and constipation. In rare instances, patients may develop more serious conditions, like blood clots and bowel obstructions. Fortunately, there are a number of preventive steps that you can take to minimize or avoid unwanted side effects. The first is choosing a surgeon with extensive experience in performing bariatric procedures, such as Dr. Fernando Garcia or Dr. David Vazquez.

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Recovery Timeline

Recovery times for bariatric surgery depend on the type of procedure, as well as the health of the individual patient. Nonetheless, there are general milestones that will mark your progress throughout recovery and healing. The first week following surgery will involve restricted activity levels, a liquid diet, and gentle care of the incision site. After about two weeks, most patients can return to work and resume everyday tasks, although strenuous physical exertion should be avoided until cleared by your doctor. 

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Healthy Habits

Developing habits that promote healing and good health will not only improve your recovery, but can also help you lose weight and keep it off. Be sure to explicitly follow your doctor's post-operative instructions. This includes dietary recommendations and exercise programs. Reducing alcohol consumption is also important since the digestive tract will be altered during your procedure, which will heighten the effects of alcohol. Smoking following any surgery can compromise healing and increase the risk for certain side effects. Additionally, healthy lungs will make exercising easier, which will help you reach and stay at your ideal weight.

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Keeping the Weight Off

Following bariatric surgery, patients will have to adjust their diets. Bariatric surgery involves altering the gastrointestinal tract, so patients will need to closely monitor how much and what they are eating to avoid intestinal discomfort. By eating smaller amounts and healthier foods, patients can lose a substantial amount of weight. Most patients who follow their post-operative diet guidelines can reach their weight goals within one year following surgery. Maintaining your new, healthy habits after you have reached your ideal weight may prove more challenging. To enjoy long-term success, some patients find it helpful to keep a food journal, while others join a support group.

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Nutritional Counseling

A nutritionist who specializes in bariatric procedures will help guide you through your recovery process. She will give you dietary guidelines and nutritional supplements that expedite healing and make you more comfortable. She will also offer counseling on healthy eating habits. In this way, you can make the behavioral changes that will equate to long-term weight loss.

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Post-bariatirc Body Contouring

After losing substantial weight, many patients have a large amount of excess skin. A contouring procedure, like an arm or thigh lift, can give you the improved tone and definition you deserve. Tijuana Bariatrics is proud to coordinate a variety of plastic surgery procedures for the body, as well as the breasts and face.

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Constipation

Unfortunately, constipation is an all-too common side effect after bariatric surgery. The change in a patient's digestive tract, combined with reduced fluid intake and medication, often leads to blockage, hemorrhoids, and hernias. The surgeons and nutritionist working with the Tijuana Bariatrics team can help patients understand what to expect and recommend tips to reduce their risk. 

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