Post Surgery Care
There are three integral components to care following bariatric (weight loss) surgery. In addition to medical care following the surgery, equally important are the psychology and plastic surgery components.
Just as there can be surgical complications, there are a significant number of patients who may have psychological complications. To combat this, a trained psychiatrist or psychologist examines all patients before they have a weight loss procedure to evaluate their readiness for this life-changing surgery.
Post-surgery, patients are unable to eat as they did before which can be very hard to cope with. Methodist’s Weight Management Program prepares patients for surgery by giving a comprehensive lifestyle evaluation. This program helps modify patients’ behaviors before surgery, making a smoother transition into life after surgery.
Patients can also be surprised by body image issues following their weight loss. Patients may not lose the full amount of weight they expected to, or they may be surprised by the way they look following extreme weight loss.
Patients who lose a significant amount of weight also face another challenge — excess skin. In addition to being cosmetically displeasing, massive skin folds in the arms, abdomen and legs can cause chafing, and cutaneous bacterial and yeast infections. Those interested in plastic surgery following their weight loss can be referred to a plastic surgeon. Patient’s bodies are recontoured using direct excision, sometimes combined with liposuction techniques. Removal of excess skin from the arms, legs and abdomen often minimizes scars that have become wider as the result of gravity and excessive body weight.