Dr. Michael Feiz Answer December’s ‘Patient Submitted Question of the Month’: “How Difficult is it to Adjust to Weight Loss Surgery”

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Dr. Feiz has selected this question as the medical office’s December ‘Question of the Month’ in response to recent patient questions about how easily patients are able to adjust to their new relationship with food.

Weight loss surgery is scientifically proven to help patients lose a significant portion of their excess weight.

Dr. Feiz explains that the biggest concern that many people have in terms of success is whether or not they will be able to adjust to their new relationship with food.

While prospective bariatric patients only need to speak to patients who have already achieved successful weight loss with bariatric surgery to know that long lasting positive results are possible, some still question how exactly the procedure will work for them. Dr. Feiz explains that the vast majority of patients who elect bariatric surgery are those who have struggled with their weight for their entire life. He explains that many of these patients cannot even imagine what it would feel like to not constantly crave food so, even though they are able to see results and statistics, they find it hard to believe that they themselves can mirror those results.

Dr. Feiz explains that the biggest concern that many people have in terms of success is whether or not they will be able to adjust to their new relationship with food. Dr. Feiz explains that eating after a bariatric procedure is not simply eating less at every meal. While the ability to achieve portion control is the primary positive result of bariatric surgery, patients also often find that they now crave different types of food than they did before, or they may find that they rarely crave any foods at all. Dr. Feiz explains that while some patients still love the same foods, others find that they now only eat because they need to, and are relieved of any desires to eat unless they are actually hungry.

In the immediate aftermath of the procedure, Dr. Feiz explains that most patients begin on a liquid diet, and with close discussion with their doctor, move onto semi-solid, and then solid foods. He notes that, at least while they are getting used to their new relationship with food, patients should eat two or three appropriately sized meals per day, and not eat between meals. Dr. Feiz also explains that patients should be sure that they are drinking enough water to stay hydrated, but also understand that, since water flows through the stomach when it first enters the body, a patient’s new smaller stomach capacity means that they should not try to “chug” water like they once might have.

For more information about what to expect when adjusting to a bariatric procedure, or to book a spot at one of Dr. Feiz and Associates’ information seminars today, please visit the bariatric surgery office at DrFeiz.com or call 800-868-5946.

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