We have decided to put together Dr Andrew Kiyingi’s Top 10 Tips to reduce fatigue after weight loss surgery, so you can bounce back better than ever. There are several causes for fatigue following gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery from dehydration to lack of protein which you can read more about here. The good news is that for most patients the fatigue will disappear after a few weeks following surgery as you follow the advice from your treating team and progress through the various dietary and exercise stages. So if you are feeling run down, exhausted and general deflated please try our tips below.
Top 10 tips to reduce fatigue after weight loss surgery
1. Pre-surgery conditioning
Start good routines leading up to surgery much list prepare for a marathon with regular exercise, good sleep hygiene and adopt healthy food choices.
2. Ensure your vitamin levels are corrected before surgery.
3. Take your daily multivitamins
Remember to meet daily vitamin requirements with multivitamins and watch out for deficiencies in IRON, B12, Vitamin D and Zinc.
4. Avoid Alcohol
5. Regular exercise after surgery will build up your energy levels
6. Keep well hydrated and measure your daily fluids
7. Protein first
8. Try and limit stress in the lead up to surgery with a relaxed schedule
9. Try and limit stress after surgery.
Try to limit stress after surgery with good preparation and organisation, engage family support and continue to link in with your bariatric surgical team.
10. Connect with your bariatric team in case of persistent fatigue
Persisting fatigue may indicate an additional medical condition eg sleep apnoea, hypothyroidism, depression or even incorrect medication doses. It is important to link in with your bariatric team for further investigation.
Adjusting to the changes that come with gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery can sometimes be overwhelming at the beginning. But remember the benefits will be well worth it. Everyone has a different experience after surgery. Stay positive and the fatigue will eventually pass as you settle into your new healthier life. Remember to keep this list handy, particularly during the first 3 months of your recovery.
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