I (Dr. Seun) have performed 1,000+ bariatric weight loss surgeries here in central New Jersey. Because the nature of this surgery necessitates a long-term patient/doctor relationship, I now have a fairly large number of Facebook friends as a result!
Beginning late last year, I asked some current and former patients (at all stages of post-op weight loss) what tips they would offer new patients coming in the Prime Surgicare office. We received a plethora of great ideas that we are happy to share below. (The first one is my obvious favorite!)
Tip #1: Follow doctor’s orders.
“I was very diligent in following ALL instructions from the Prime Surgicare team − quit smoking, fast pre-surgery, follow the after-surgery schedule of introducing foods, eat high protein foods first, drink lots of water, start walking the day after surgery and keep going when you’re home.”
Tip #2: Don’t rush back into eating solid foods.
“I didn’t rush into eating. Four weeks of liquid and two weeks of a pureed diet worked really well, but it was hard mentally as I just wanted to chew something. Listen to Dr. Seun and the nurses. They know what’s best for each individual patient.”
Tip #3: Be honest with yourself.
“About four years after gastric sleeve surgery in NJ, I was feeling exhausted, fat, grumpy and unattractive. I did some honest self-evaluation and realized I’d forgotten or ignored what I had to do to take care of my tummy, my whole body, and my mind. I started going back to the gym, taking my vitamins, drinking two quarts of water every day, and slowly being aware of my food intake.”
Tip #4: Have the right attitude.
“I really believe if you have a relentlessly positive frame of mind and come to terms with the fact that this is for LIFE, you can be successful. And it’s so worth it. I feel joy in feeling full again, which was missing prior to surgery.”
Tip #5: Drink water like there’s no tomorrow!
“I drink a minimum of 64 ounces every day, even though I’m at goal weight. Keep in mind — I’m not talking about caffeinated drinks — I mean plain or carbonated water. Orange seltzer is my favorite.”
Tip #6: Change your eating habits. Long term. Permanently.
“If you are willing to change your lifestyle, this surgery will help you become the person you dreamed of being. Bottom line — be committed to completely changing how you eat, taking vitamins and getting physical activity — every day.”
Tip #7: Join a support group.
“For me personally, the biggest key to my success is the CentraState monthly support group. My wife and I started going even before my operation. Even though I’m close to my dream weight, I still attend to share my experiences and learn something new from the nutritionists and doctors who also attend. Not all bariatric doctors have support groups, but Prime Surgicare has one.”
Tip #8: Realize that bariatric surgery is only a tool, not a miracle.
“Weight loss surgery is not a miracle, there is still a lot you have to do and be committed to. It’s up to you. This is a lifestyle change in every sense of the word. Want to live a longer life? Have this surgery and get healthy and strong.”
Have any other tips for success following weight loss surgery? Share them in the comments.
About Dr. Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS
Dr. Seun is a top NJ bariatric surgeon and the medical director at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties. He is board-certified, Columbia and Yale University fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgery.
To learn more, visit his YouTube channel or call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002