Your Guide to Preparing for Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery, Bay Surgical Weight Loss

When dieting fails, and you begin to give up hope that you’ll ever lose weight, it’s time to talk with our team at Bay Surgical Weight Loss about gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. We’re experts in the gastric sleeve procedure, and we’re dedicated to helping you prepare by making the lifestyle changes that will support your weight loss success.

Lifestyle changes before surgery

If your gastric sleeve procedure is already scheduled — or close to being on the calendar — then you’ve successfully completed this part of presurgery preparation. But if you’re just starting your journey toward weight loss surgery, it’s essential to make lifestyle changes prior to your procedure.

Think of this stage as preparing for success. Developing healthier habits in the months before gastric sleeve surgery directly affects your weight loss success after your procedure. In fact, studies show that losing weight before surgery leads to greater weight loss afterwards.

Changing your eating habits and losing weight before your gastric sleeve procedure also lowers your risk of complications during surgery. For this reason, many patients must lose weight before we can safely perform surgery.

During this time, we work closely with you, developing a diet plan and setting weight loss goals to achieve before surgery. Each patient’s plan is based on their health and physical needs, but the basics include:

We also evaluate your overall physical health to be sure your body can tolerate surgery. In addition to treating any underlying conditions, we’ll address habits that affect surgery, such as smoking. Using tobacco and nicotine-containing products increases the chance of complications during and after gastric sleeve surgery.

Emotional preparation for gastric sleeve weight loss surgery

Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. To be straight, gastric sleeve weight loss surgery doesn’t guarantee success. Actual success depends on your ability to adjust your eating and behavioral habits.


Any weight loss that occurs as a result of your surgery will quickly be regained if you’re not emotionally prepared for the changes and wholly dedicated to following your weight loss plan.


To that end, here are some steps you can take:

Develop realistic expectations

Although many patients experience dramatic weight loss following gastric sleeve surgery, it still takes time and only happens as long as you stick with your eating and exercise plan for the duration.

Deal with food addictions

Food addictions arise from the same reward system in your brain that causes alcohol and drug addictions. This means food has a powerful influence, and you’ll need to prepare to overcome the drive to eat. The key is to recognize your food addiction — it may be sweets, salty foods, or high-fat foods — and develop a healthy alternative.

Recognize emotional reasons for eating

You’re not alone if you overeat when you’re stressed, anxious, depressed, or bored. We’ll help you create options for managing emotional states rather than overeating.

Prepare for potential changes

As your eating habits change, relationships and activities also change. Some friends and family will be supportive; others may not. While you can’t predict what will happen in the years following gastric sleeve surgery, you can mentally prepare to expect changes and be ready to reach out for help when they arise.

Gastric sleeve surgery preparation

When you get within a few weeks of your procedure, it’s time to prepare for staying healthy as soon as you get home from gastric sleeve surgery:

Take enough time off from work

Even with a minimally invasive (laparoscopic) gastric sleeve procedure, you’ll need time to recover. Each patient heals at a different pace, but you should plan for about two weeks away from work and up to six weeks before you completely recover.

Plan for the help you need at home

You may need someone to help with child care, walk the dog, or provide transportation while you recover. If you live alone, it’s also important to arrange for help around the house following surgery. Having these plans in place relieves your stress and supports healing.

Stock your kitchen

After your surgery, you’ll follow a strict liquid diet, followed by adding soft foods before gradually introducing whole foods. You’ll receive diet instructions ahead of time, so you can stock up with the items you’ll need.

Our team at Bay Surgical Weight Loss provides detailed preparation instructions for you to follow before and after gastric sleeve surgery, but call the office any time you have questions or concerns. We’re always available to help.

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