Dramatic Weight Loss: High BMI Bariatric Surgery Recovery By Tijuana Bariatrics on June 17, 2016

A man who is morbidly obeseHere at Tijuana Bariatrics, we want to help as many people as possible. We know that surgical weight loss procedures can have a positive impact on people's lives, and the positive effects of the procedure should be available to those in need.

That said, high Body Mass Index (BMI) bariatric surgery is often rare, just given the challenges involved in performing the surgery and patient wellness after the procedure. Let's look at the basics and then consider some issues related to healing and recovery.

What Is a High BMI?

The BMI refers to a way of measuring body fat related to a person's weight and height. The ranges of BMI help determine what body mass range a person falls into. Broadly, they are as follows:

A high BMI in these cases would refer to people who suffer from higher-tier extreme obesity, such as BMIs of 75 or higher.

Risks Increase when a Person Is Extremely Obese

When a person has a high BMI, the risks increase for undergoing bariatric surgery, including potential issues with healing, hernias, and pneumonia. Much of this is due to the size of the patient's abdominal wall and the difficulties that poses when performing surgery. Recovery can be challenging as well given how dramatic the weight loss can be.

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

If you have a high BMI, sometimes you will be asked to lose as much weight as you can naturally before you actually undergo the surgery. Sometimes this can be achieved through a liquid diet. Suitability for surgery and other factors can be discussed during your consultation.

In essence, healing begins before surgery, because you're making your body suitable to undergo the weight loss surgery.

Diet After Bariatric Surgery

In the weeks after you undergo bariatric surgery, you will have to make adjustments with regard to your diet. In the first week, your diet will be clear liquids only in order to avoid serious pain and discomfort to your stomach and digestive tract after surgery. Slowly over the course of the next few weeks, you will reintroduce solid foods. It's important to savor your meals, eat slowly, and to drink water between meals during this healing process.

Physical Activity After Bariatric Surgery

As you recover, it's important to walk around when possible. While strenuous physical activity should be avoided, this light activity is vital for ensuring proper blood circulation and avoiding blood clots. As you continue to recover from surgery, regular exercise will be important to help you lose more weight and do so in a healthy manner.

Seeking Emotional and Moral Support After Surgery

Food and exercise are both important, but it's similarly of great importance that you seek emotional support and moral support from loved ones as you heal. Losing a lot of weight can be psychologically difficult, especially as your relationship to food and the appearance of your body changes. In addition to speaking with your friends and family members about these matters, it's also of the utmost importance that you seek support networks online and perhaps even meet with a counselor to discuss the good and the bad of the healing process.

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

To learn more about recovering from bariatric surgery and how our team can help you, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team here at Tijuana Bariatrics is eager to help you on the road to a healthier life.

Related to This

Florence Hospital

Tijuana Bariatrics

The network of physicians coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics performs a wide range of services, including bariatric surgery. By choosing Tijuana Bariatrics, you can experience safe care from a board-certified surgeon in luxury accommodations.

For more information, fill out this online form or call (800) 308-3607  today.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in Diego Rivera 2386, Ste 502 Zona Urbana Río Tijuana Tijuana, BCN

Tijuana Office

Diego Rivera 2386, Ste 502
Zona Urbana Río Tijuana
Tijuana, BCN 22010

Open Today 8:00am - 8:00pm

Google map image of our location in 2534 State Street Ste 417 San Diego, CA

Tijuana Bariatrics Informational Phone Line

2534 State Street
Ste 417
San Diego, CA 92101

Closed Today

* no surgery procedures provided at this location

Google map image of our location in 2534 State Street Ste 417 San Diego, CA

San Diego Office (Admin Only)

2534 State Street
Ste 417
San Diego, CA 92101

Open Today 8:00am - 8:00pm

* no surgery procedures provided at this location

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Which location would you prefer?

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(800) 308-3607 Send a message