The Optimise Weight Loss Blog

Will I Be ‘Mal-Absorbing’ Calories After Weight Loss Surgery?

The ‘gold standard’ modern bariatric procedures – gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric band – are generally very safe and do not lead to significant calorie malabsorption. Weight loss after these procedures is achieved via a combination of restriction and post-operative hormonal changes that lead people to eat less. Some ideas of why people lose weight after surgery have been…

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Can I Eat Normally After Bariatric Surgery?

This is a common question and, not unsurprisingly, often leads to a degree of anxiety either before or after weight loss surgery. Immediately after surgery we recommend building up slowly from liquids to a soft diet to ‘normal’ solids within 4-6 weeks. In the long term the ‘clinical’ answer is that we want patients to be able to eat normally…

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What’s Better? The Gastric Bypass Or The Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The most common procedures performed for weight loss today are the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass. But which is better? This is a good question and has led to much debate over the last ten years. In terms of weight loss, although early data seemed to favour the gastric bypass, most modern data suggests they are both equally effective;…

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What Follow Up Will I Need?

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Your weight loss surgery package will include a 2 year follow up programme, where you will be seen 4 times by your consultant, and also 6-8 times by the dietitian. Your appointments will be more frequent to start with after your operation, but as time goes by you would normally need to be seen every few months. It is likely…

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Will I Be Able To Eat Normally In The Long Term After A Sleeve Gastrectomy Or Gastric Bypass?

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Yes! By about 6 weeks after your operation, you will be able to eat normal textured food, but just in small quantities. You won’t be able to manage much in one meal, so it’s very important to make sure you are getting the right nutrition. We recommend you focus on your protein intake, so do have fish, meat, eggs, and…

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Pre-operative Diet For Sleeve Gastrectomy & Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Before you have a Sleeve Gastrectomy (SG) or Gastric Bypass (RYGB) operation, you will have been seen by our dietitian and clinical psychologist, who will have advised you regarding nutrition and eating patterns to optimise the results of your surgery. It is important to make sure the food you eat is nutritious (preferably home cooked), with an emphasis on fresh…

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Which Procedure Is Right For Me?

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As you will know, there are a number of different procedures which are available to help you with weight loss, and choosing which is the best for you is not always easy. It does help if you have a look at the videos explaining how the procedures are done and of course, you may already have spoken to friends, family or your…

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How to prepare for Bariatric Surgery

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To achieve the best outcome for your procedure there are a number of ways you can prepare prior bariatric surgery to improve the chances of a speedy recovery. ·         Have support. We give you a lot of information at your appointments so it is worth bringing another set of ears to help you remember everything. A friend or family member…

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