Dieting, Exercise & Medication

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As part of any weight loss program you will be asked to undertake a certain amount of dieting either to prepare yourself for surgery, to demonstrate a level of commitment to getting you started on a weight loss program or as part of the treatment plan, working with your consultants and a dietician.

Non Surgical Weight Loss Surgery in Glasgow

For many people, surgery is not the answer, it may simply be that you need a bit of encouragement and a lot of support and our team can help you get started and put in place a plan that lets you achieve your goals.

As part of your journey at Aspire you will meet with one of our dieticians who are key to helping you through any program. All of our dieticians are registered with the British Dietetic Association and as such are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual level. Uniquely, our dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance which will enable you to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

If you believe that all you need is a helping hand to get started you can call us and we will put you in touch with our dieticians.



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Frequently asked questions

How Will My Life Change after Surgery?

Lifetime follow-up is recommended, with at least three follow-up visits during the first year. Adjustable gastric banding requires more frequent visits for band adjustments. You will need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including a new nutrition plan and regular exercise, although exercise restrictions may be in place until you are healed. Because of the decrease in food intake, constipation may occur. A laxative may be recommended. You may want to consider or may require reconstructive operations after your weight stabilizes.

Medications can be prescribed as needed. However, your doctor may tell you to avoid aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can irritate the stomach.

How Will My Diet Change?

Immediately following adjustable gastric banding, only sips of water are allowed. Over the next two weeks, the consumption amount is increased gradually with fluids in the form of water and liquids, such as clear broth, skimmed milk, low-calorie juice and sugar-free ice lollies. You will need to watch how many calories you eat and limit your liquid intake to avoid nausea and vomiting. Low-fat pureed foods, protein-rich chicken and fish, mashed potatoes and peas are started three to four weeks after the operation.

Patients who undergo more invasive procedures follow a similar dietary progression for 12 weeks and then they are allowed regular, healthy foods.

Once healed, care must be taken to let your stomach adapt to its new environment. Vitamin supplements may be necessary

How Long Will It Take for Me to Recover?

That depends on the procedure. Patients, who undergo laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy surgery tend to stay in the hospital for typically one night.

Recovery times differ too. In one study, patients returned to normal activity in about one week after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and between two to three weeks after a sleeve gastrectomy.

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