Selecting a surgeon
When you are selecting a surgeon to conduct your weight loss surgery, you should opt for one with experience. Experience does not simply mean they have been practicing for years, but it means how many times they have successfully performed the type of weight loss surgery you want to have. You should find out how many years they have worked in the weight loss field, how many operations they have performed, how many times they performed the weight loss procedure you want, whether they are board-certified, and whether or not they are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Those surgeons with more experience and skill will have fewer complications during and after surgery.
After you have had weight loss surgery, you cannot drink soda. Any carbonated drinks, regular or diet, should not be consumed after a weight loss surgery because the carbonation in the drinks will cause bloating and pain. If you are a lap band patient, it is particularly important that you avoid soda because the carbonation can lead to stretching or swelling of your stomach pouch as well as the band area. Surgery drinks should be avoided due to their high content of calories.
Before undergoing any weight loss surgery you should stop smoking. Your doctor will request that you quit at least six to eight weeks prior to the weight loss surgery. It will take a person one month minimum to recover from the negative effects of habitual smoking. If you do not smoke, you will face fewer complications during surgery, will face less anesthesia complications, and will have a lower risk of developing pneumonia after your weight loss surgery. When you smoke, it is contradictory to the purpose of undergoing weight loss surgery, as the purpose is meant to improve health.