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.
A trained psychiatrist or psychologist examines all patients before they have weight loss surgery to evaluate their readiness for this life-changing surgery.
Interestingly, many of the psychological challenges appear months after surgery. Some patients become depressed after the surgery because of unrealistic notions of what this surgery might accomplish for them. And once they have lost their weight — many losing 100 pounds or more — they need to readjust to their new body image.
Also, since food is usually a major source of pleasure and comfort for many patients, when they find they cannot return to their old eating habits after surgery they feel something is missing in their lives. The psychological component of this surgery is vital because, just as there can be surgical complications, there are a significant number of patients who may have psychological complications.
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. 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.