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The four stages of the post-op gastric sleeve surgery diet

Healthy food on a table in front of a doctor

 

Gastric sleeve surgery drastically reduces the size of your stomach, leaving it a fraction of its original size. A smaller stomach means a stricter diet. In order to allow your stomach to properly heal and adjust, you will be required to follow a post-op diet plan that can be broken down into four stages. 

 

Stage one of the gastric sleeve diet: liquids

 

Stage one of the post-op gastric sleeve diet begins the first week after your surgery. During this time, you will be restricted to clear liquids like water, broth and unsweetened gelatin. This may sound challenging to follow, but most patients experience little to no hunger the first few days after surgery.

Important guidelines for stage one of the post-op diet:

  • Avoid Sugar – Do not consume any sugary liquids during the first week after surgery. Sugar can have negative side effects on the body and can even lead to dumping syndrome, a digestive problem that can occur after bariatric surgery, when food gets “dumped” directly from your stomach into your small intestine without being digested.
  • No Carbonation – It may be tempting to reach for a bubbly drink to ease your stomach after surgery, but carbonation can lead to gas and bloating and should be avoided.
  • Stay Hydrated – It is important to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated during your recovery process. Just remember to take it slow and only drink small amounts at a time. 

 

Stage two of the gastric sleeve diet: protein rich liquids

 

Your doctor will confirm when you are able to move onto stage two of the gastric sleeve diet. This usually takes place 5 days after surgery. During this stage, you will be allowed to introduce more liquids into your diet and begin drinking high protein shakes. You may experience an increase in appetite, but it is important that you stick to the diet plan you are given and avoid any solid food, as your body will not be able to handle it yet. 

Stage two food options include: 

  • Thin broth and creamed soups (no chunks)
  • Sugar free protein/nutrition shakes
  • Sugar free nonfat yogurt or pudding
  • Thinned oatmeal

The goal of stage two is to make sure you are consuming the correct amount of protein and staying hydrated. New foods should be introduced slowly and in accordance with your diet plan. Sugary liquids should still be avoided, along with carbonation, high fat options and chunky foods. 

 

Stage three of the gastric sleeve diet: pureed soft foods

 

It’s time to break out the blender. Once you are around two weeks out from your gastric sleeve surgery, you can begin incorporating pureed soft foods into your diet. The key here is to eat slowly and chew thoroughly. You may find that your tolerance for certain foods has changed, so you should take your time testing new food options. 

At this stage, your food should be the consistency of a thick liquid or smooth paste. You should continue to avoid chunky or fatty foods, sugar, seasonings, starches and fibrous vegetables like broccoli and asparagus.  

Stage three of the gastric sleeve diet includes pureeing the following food items with water, skim milk, broth or sugar-free juice:

  • Cooked vegetables (steamed or boiled until soft)
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Lean ground meats
  • Soft fruits 
  • Cottage cheese
  • Plain yogurt

Remember to keep drinking liquids. It is easy to become dehydrated after gastric sleeve surgery because your body is no longer getting fluids from some of the foods you used to eat, so be diligent about your liquid intake. 

 

Stage four of the gastric sleeve diet: solid foods

 

With your doctors approval, you can begin the transition to eating soft solid foods around four weeks after your surgery. Make sure to test foods one-at-a-time to determine what you can tolerate. 

Try to structure your meals with protein in mind. It is recommended that patients consume around 60 grams of protein per day, which can be difficult to do if you fill up on other foods first. A daily protein shake, on top of high protein foods like eggs and lean ground meat, can help you meet your recommended protein goals.

As you slowly start integrating solid foods into your diet, make sure to stick to healthy, easy-to-digest options. This includes things like chicken, fish, well-cooked vegetables, low-fat cheese and fruit. 

Foods you should continue to avoid: 

  • Whole milk products 
  • Fried foods
  • Starchy items like pasta, white potatoes and bread
  • Sugary drinks and snacks
  • Over-processed/packaged foods like potato chips 
  • Fibrous vegetables like celery, asparagus and broccoli
  • Spicy or heavily seasoned foods

 

Tips on how to eat long-term after gastric sleeve surgery 

 

Once you have successfully incorporated solid foods back into your diet, it is important to continue making conscious food choices long-term. The amount of food you eat throughout the day will be limited, so what you eat and how you eat is vital to staying on track and healthy.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to eat long-term after gastric sleeve surgery:

  • Chew and eat slowly
  • Limit snacking throughout the day
  • Cut food into small pieces 
  • Stick to small portions
  • Do not overeat
  • Avoid trans fats and fried, processed or fast foods
  • Try not to eat and drink at the same time

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and the recovery and diet plan process, schedule a consultation with us!

 


CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY POST-OP DIET 

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

What to expect during gastric sleeve surgery recovery

Image on ground that says back to work

Image on ground that says back to work

 

You’ve done your research, picked your surgeon, decided on your weight loss procedure and you’re officially scheduled for surgery – but do you know how much time you’ll need to take off from work? What about childcare? Will you need the help of a family member or loved one the first few days post-op? 

Rest and recovery time are crucial to any surgery, and bariatric surgery is no exception. Even with minimally invasive options like gastric sleeve surgery, you still have to plan for some down time. So what does the recovery process look like for gastric sleeve surgery?

 

How long will I be in the hospital after gastric sleeve surgery?

 

Due to the minimally invasive nature of gastric sleeve surgery, patients are typically discharged from the hospital within 1-3 days. In some cases, patients can even be discharged the same day as their surgery; however, this practice is less common and there must be no complications. 

During your time in the hospital, you will be monitored by staff, and tests will be administered to ensure there are no major leaks or issues with the incisions. Once you are cleared by your surgeon, you will be allowed to return home to continue your recovery process. 

 

Things to consider while recovering from gastric sleeve surgery at home

 

Before you leave the hospital, you will be given care instructions as well as a diet plan to follow. After undergoing a major surgery and consuming very few calories, it’s normal to feel exhausted. Your body will devote most of its energy to healing, so plan on resting quite a bit the first few days back home. 

Take into consideration the layout of your home. Are there stairs? If so, will you have to climb steps to get to your bedroom? How easy is it to get to the bathroom? While light activities like brief walks are recommended, climbing stairs and standing or walking for too long can be challenging so it is important to consider these questions ahead of time. 

 

How quickly can I return to work after gastric sleeve surgery? 

 

After gastric sleeve surgery, most patients can return to work within 1 week, and some patients return to work within 3-4 days. However, there are different factors that contribute to how quickly you can begin working again. 

These factors include:

  • Type of Work – Returning to a desk job is much different than returning to a job in construction. The physical demands and level of activity required to do your job will affect the amount of time you will need to take off. 
  • Overall Healing Process – Everyone heals differently and at their own pace. Returning to work is dependent on how your individual recovery goes and if you experience any complications that can cause the healing process to take longer.

 

How long will it take for my stomach to fully heal from gastric sleeve surgery?

 

There is a difference between returning to everyday activities and full recovery. As time passes after your surgery, you will gradually be able to begin eating more and taking on a more active lifestyle. Within a few weeks, you should start to feel less tired and get back into your normal routine. However, your stomach will still be healing. 

On average, it takes about 2-3 weeks for the incisions to heal and 6-8 weeks for the stomach staple line to heal. After one month, most people can begin a normal exercise routine and are well on the way to being fully recovered.

  

Common challenges during the gastric sleeve recovery process

 

Post-surgery side effects will vary and most go away over time, but adjusting to the new diet and lifestyle brings its own set of challenges. 

Here are a few things you may experience while recovering from gastric sleeve surgery:

  • Nausea – After surgery, you will have to re-learn how and what to eat. Your stomach will be a fraction of the size it used to be. As you gradually begin incorporating more food, especially solid food, you will have to determine what your stomach can handle. Eating or drinking too much or too fast can result in nausea or vomiting.  
  • Feeling Weak – Consuming less calories can cause you to feel weak or tired. As your body adjusts to the new diet, this feeling should dissipate. 
  • Aches and Pains – It is normal to experience some discomfort during your recovery process; however, aches and pains should lessen as time goes on. If pain continues or gets worse, you should talk to your doctor about possible causes and pain relief options.
  • Digestive Irregularities – You may experience side effects like constipation, diarrhea and gurgling noises coming from your stomach. These symptoms are usually diet-related and will improve over time.
  • Temporary Hair Loss and Skin Changes – Experiencing hair loss after surgery can be alarming, but it is temporary. The initial low calorie intake and rapid weight loss can cause hair thinning, as well as hormonal changes which can contribute to changes in skin texture and acne. To minimize these effects, take a multivitamin regularly and make sure you are consuming enough daily protein based on your diet plan.   

 

Why choose gastric sleeve surgery? 

 

Gastric sleeve surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can help you lose weight and keep it off. Because it is performed laparoscopically, there is a shorter recovery time than other bariatric surgeries, allowing you to resume your normal daily life sooner. To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and the recovery process, schedule a consultation with us. 

 


CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GASTRIC SLEEVE RECOVERY PROCESS

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907. 

Patty’s testimonial: After gastric bypass it seemed like the weight was melting off of me

 

Over the years, I had a really hard time losing weight. I was on so many diet plans and even tried diet pills.  None of it helped. Nothing seemed to work for me. I would lose maybe 20 pounds, but then eventually gain it back and, after a while, I became frustrated with the whole process.

 

After years of trying to lose weight on my own, I started researching gastric bypass.

 

Gastric bypass seemed like the best fit for me. I decided it was time to talk to a surgeon about my options and I was referred to Dr. Long. He is the one who did my surgery and has helped me throughout my weight loss process.

 

I felt like I was well prepared going into surgery. Once my insurance was approved, it was a really quick process getting everything scheduled and prepared for my gastric bypass surgery.  

 

The recovery process after surgery was really good for me. I was only out of work for two weeks. Considering a lot of people are out for six to eight weeks, it was a big plus to have such a short recovery time. Doing the surgery laparoscopically made it possible for me to have minimal down time, so I could get back to my normal life. I didn’t have to miss much work and I haven’t experienced any problems since the surgery.

 

I’m going on three years since my surgery and it’s been great so far.

 

The rapid weight loss was one of the biggest surprises to me after my surgery. I knew gastric bypass was going to help me lose weight, but I was able to get it off really quick. I lost around 60 pounds within the first 4 months after surgery.* It was like it was melting off. I didn’t really have any issues with the diet changes either. I was given a packet of information on what I should eat and I’ve been sticking to it.

Now that I’m about three years out from my surgery, I can eat pretty much anything I want. My stomach is a lot smaller so I can’t eat much at one time, but I do watch what I eat and take my vitamins to stay on track. I do everything Dr. Long told me to do and I haven’t had any problems.

 

I recommend gastric bypass for anyone who is severely overweight.

 

I tried diet after diet and I know what it’s like. I highly recommend this surgery to anyone who is having trouble losing weight, no matter what circumstances they are going through.   

Dr. Long is like Ben Stein with you. He is always full of questions and every time I go in the office he wants to know what’s going on with me and everything I’m going through. I really like that about him. I go in for a yearly check up now, and it’s always good to see everyone in the office.

 

Before and after photos of gastric bypass patient

 


Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese. And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Are you a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?

Image of tape measurer with text reading gastric sleeve requirements

Image of tape measurer with text reading gastric sleeve requirements

 

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is commonly performed on patients who are classified as morbidly obese and at high risk for weight-related health problems. During this laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon permanently removes 80-90% of your stomach, creating a tube or “sleeve” which can only hold a limited amount of food allowing patients to feel full and lose weight quicker. So, who is the best candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?

 

What are the minimum requirements for gastric sleeve surgery?

 

One of two basic requirements must be met to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery:

    1. Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
    2. Have a BMI of 30-40 with serious weight-related health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease

BMI is a formula that calculates the ratio of your height and weight and correlates to the amount of body fat you have. On average, a BMI of 40 is equivalent to being 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds overweight for women.

 

What to do next if you qualify for gastric sleeve surgery

 

Once you determine that you meet the basic requirements for gastric sleeve surgery, the next step is to decide whether or not you will use insurance to cover the cost. You can contact your provider to see if gastric sleeve is covered under your plan and, from there, you can request more information about their coverage criteria and required documentation.

Most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery; however, their individual requirements may vary based on the type of surgery. With insurance, there is often a longer approval process and more requirements than private pay, so we recommend scheduling a consultation with us to learn more about your payment options.

 

What are some of the requirements for insurance approval of gastric sleeve surgery?

 

If gastric sleeve coverage is included in your insurance policy, then you will have to meet your provider’s criteria in order to obtain approval. Requirements often vary based on the provider. For example, some have significantly higher BMI requirements, but will lower the required number if lung or heart issues are also a factor.

The best thing to do is to request a list of your coverage criteria and begin collecting the necessary documentation as soon as possible. This may include proof that you have undergone a medically supervised diet program prior to surgery or a letter of medical necessity. A psychological evaluation may also be required before approval for surgery is granted.

At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we will work with you and your insurance provider to make sure you obtain all of the necessary documentation to meet your provider’s specific requirements.

 

What are some reasons you may not qualify for gastric sleeve surgery?

 

There are cases that may make you ineligible for gastric sleeve surgery. A few of these include:

    • A BMI that does not meet the minimum requirements
    • An anticipated pregnancy within two years
    • High operative risk (i.e. severe heart disease)
    • Abnormal esophagus, stomach or intestine
    • Severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

If you do not meet the requirements for gastric sleeve surgery, there are other weight loss options like the ORBERA® gastric balloon.

 

Requirements for gastric sleeve surgery: Insurance or private pay?

 

If you are considering gastric sleeve surgery, it is important to also consider your payment options and the requirements that come with them. While most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery, it can be a lengthy process collecting all of the necessary documentation and waiting for approval to be granted. Private pay allows you to avoid the waiting game, however surgery costs will have to come out of pocket.

With our 2019 gastric sleeve price of $8,999, our goal at BMI is to make losing weight a more attainable goal for our patients. Whether you choose to pursue private pay or insurance coverage, we will work with you to help you meet the requirements so you can lose weight and start feeling great.

 


CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GASTRIC SLEEVE REQUIREMENTS 

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese. And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

How much does gastric sleeve surgery cost with and without insurance?

Tape measure on top of cash

 

Tape measure on top of cash

 

Severe obesity affects millions of Americans and brings with it a host of potentially life-threatening health problems. Because of this, weight loss surgery is often considered the best and most effective treatment for people who are considered morbidly obese. However, insurance coverage and cost often play a major role in the decision to undergo a weight loss procedure.

If you’ve been considering Gastric Sleeve Surgery, you may be wondering what costs are associated with it and if it is covered by insurance. The following is a guide to Gastric Sleeve costs, with or without insurance, and other factors that will help you decide whether this weight loss surgery is right for you.

 

 Factors Contributing to Gastric Sleeve Surgery Costs

 

Bariatric surgery prices vary based on type, level of invasiveness, and where you choose to have your surgery done. Gastric Sleeve Surgery is considered one of the less invasive weight loss procedures, requiring less time spent in surgery and a shorter hospital stay in most cases. This allows it to be offered at a lower price than other weight loss surgeries.

 

Insurance Coverage for Gastric Sleeve Surgery

 

Obesity is officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association. The health risks associated with it are so high that many insurance plans will cover most, if not all, of the costs of the surgical procedure for Gastric Sleeve Surgery. However, there are instances that may cause you to not be covered or denied. Because there are so many different plans, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options.

 

Paying for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Without Insurance

 

For those who are not covered by their insurance or choose to pay for Gastric Sleeve Surgery without using insurance, private pay is a very common option. While prices will vary among different surgeons, at Birmingham Minimally Invasive, our Gastric Sleeve Surgery starts at just $8,999, making it an affordable option for anyone looking to treat their severe obesity without breaking the bank.  

 

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Right for You?

 

At BMI Surgery, we know there are many factors that go into your decision to undergo a weight loss procedure like Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Our goal is to provide the latest surgical procedures at a state-of-the-art facility at the most competitive prices possible. By offering Gastric Sleeve Surgery for just $8,999, we hope to help as many patients as possible lose weight and regain control of their life.

We work with our patients to make the process as simple as possible and determine the best payment options on a case-by-case basis. If you’re interested in learning more about your options, read more about Gastric Sleeve Surgery and contact us to schedule your first appointment.   

 


CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY COSTS

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years. Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

What you need to know about gastric sleeve surgery

Illustration showing the size of a stomach before and after gastric sleeve surgery

Illustration showing the size of a stomach before and after gastric sleeve surgery

After months or years of trying to lose weight, the risks associated with obesity can start to take a toll on your body. For many people, bariatric surgery is the best and safest option to get the weight off and keep it off.

Over the years, Gastric Sleeve Surgery, a form of bariatric surgery and also known as Sleeve Gastrectomy, has become a popular choice among people considering weight loss surgery. Here are a few things you need to know before undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

 

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a laparoscopic procedure that drastically decreases the size and changes the structure of your stomach in order to encourage weight loss. To qualify for this procedure, your body mass index (BMI) must be greater than or equal to 40 or between 30 and 40 with other weight-related medical problems.

During this procedure, your surgeon will create a small stomach “sleeve” by permanently removing 80-90% of your stomach, including the area containing the hunger hormone ghrelin, essentially causing your stomach to go from the shape of a football to the shape of a banana. The decrease in stomach size and removal of the hunger hormone, will cause you to feel less hungry and fill up more quickly making it difficult to overeat and absorb excessive amounts of calories.

 

What Happens During a Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

 

Before surgery, you will be given a general anaesthetic to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Once you are asleep, your surgeon will create five small surgical openings in your abdomen and use a laparoscope (a small tube-like instrument with a camera on the end) to see inside your abdomen to perform the surgery.

Over the next 30-45 minutes, your surgeon will use small surgical instruments to divide and remove around two-thirds of your stomach. After, your stomach will resemble a long tube, joined together with staples.

 

What Does a Gastric Sleeve Diet Entail?

 

After Gastric Sleeve Surgery, you will be given a special diet plan to help ease you into eating with a smaller stomach. This plan starts with clear liquids only and gradually works up to incorporating solid foods.

You should expect to get most of your nutrition in the first few weeks after surgery from high protein drinks. Once you have had more time to heal and adjust, you can begin incorporating pureed foods and eventually soft and regular foods.

Keep in mind that you will not be able to eat as much, so you will need to consciously choose foods that will help you maintain a healthy, balanced diet.

 

What are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Compared to Other Weight Loss Surgeries?

 

Compared to other bariatric surgeries like Gastric Bypass and LAP-BAND, Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a simpler procedure that typically takes less than an hour to complete. Because a large portion of the stomach is simply removed and then stapled together, there is no need to re-route your intestines like Gastric Bypass or insert a foreign body like LAP-BAND surgery.

 

What Are Some of the Issues with Gastric Sleeve?

 

With any weight loss surgery, there are risks and issues to consider. Because a large portion of the stomach is removed during Gastric Sleeve Surgery, the procedure is not reversible. It is also not recommended for people with severe acid reflux disease, as it tends to be acid inducing. There is also a possibility that the small stomach tube will stretch over time which can lead to late weight gain.

 

The Key Takeaway

 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a good weight loss option for people suffering from obesity and other weight-related health conditions. It is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that when paired with proper diet and exercise, can help you lose 50-70% of excess weight over the first 1-2 years after surgery. With our competitive pricing options and the help of our experienced surgeon and staff, you’ll be able to lose weight and start feeling great.

 


SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE IF GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery. Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese. And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website! Insurance won’t pay? We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years. Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Natalie’s testimonial: gastric sleeve surgery is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself

Before and After Photo of Gastric Sleeve Patient

Before and After Photo of Gastric Sleeve Patient

 

I had always been small and petite throughout my life and even competed in pageants like Miss Alabama. Then, after having two children and gaining weight each time and going through menopause, I really packed the weight on and was never able to lose it all.

I became uncomfortable with myself after I gained weight. I stopped wanting to go out and it got to the point where all I did was go to work and come home. Once I realized I was over 200 pounds, I said “okay that’s it.”

 

I had talked to a few people who had gastric sleeve surgery, and I finally decided that I was going to go talk to a doctor and see if I was a candidate.

 

I decided to visit a few different doctors and get a better feel for what to expect. I met with one group and I just felt like I was in a cattle call there. There was no sense of personalized service so I decided to keep looking and that’s when I found Dr. Long.

 

I made an appointment to see Dr. Long and I felt totally comfortable with him from the start.

 

He spent an enormous amount of time with me going over everything and making sure I understood all of my options. After talking through everything, he told me he believed gastric sleeve surgery would be the best option for me.

The process leading up to the surgery was very simple. We scheduled my surgery about two weeks after I first met with Dr. Long. I went to the nutrition class on a Monday, had my surgery on a Tuesday and went home the same day. The following Monday I was able to help my son get to a doctor’s appointment and by Tuesday I was back to work.

After surgery, I noticed I wasn’t as hungry and I couldn’t eat much. If I did eat too much I would feel sick so I had to learn what I could and couldn’t eat. Luckily, I’ve always been a creature of habit, so once I found what worked for me it was easy to stick to.

 

I am so much more active now. I never sit down. Before, I would get home from work and immediately go to the couch, but now I have the energy and ability to do anything I want.

 

My advice for anyone considering gastric sleeve surgery, is if you’ve thought about it, think about it some more and do your research. It has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’m 16 months out from my surgery and I’m back to a comfortable and healthy weight. 

Dr. Long and his staff are just wonderful. If you have any questions or need to call for anything they’re always there to answer your questions. I have had a great experience and I can’t recommend it enough. Since my surgery, my neighbor has also had gastric sleeve done and one of my best friends just had it about two weeks ago. I give it high praise.

 


 

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

The Risks of Morbid Obesity and the Importance of Taking Action Now

Body Mass Index Chart

Body Mass Index Chart

 

Obesity is a growing health problem that affects millions of people across the U.S. As the number of overweight Americans rises, so does the number of people who are considered severely or morbidly obese.

From poor eating habits to high levels of stress, many different environmental factors, as well as some genetic factors, can contribute to an increase in weight gain. Without the proper intervention and treatment, weight gain can escalate to dangerous levels, leading to a heightened risk of diseases, health problems, significant physical disability or even death.

 

What is Morbid Obesity?

 

Morbid obesity is a complex and progressive disease that increases your risk of developing comorbidities and weight related health problems, as well as interfere with your ability to perform many daily physical functions.

It is characterized as an extreme amount of excess body fat and is often measured by calculating Body Mass Index, or BMI, which is the amount of body fat a person has based on their height and weight.

A person is considered morbidly obese when they reach a body mass index of 40 or higher or are more than 100 pounds over what is considered to be an ideal body weight. Along with BMI, morbid obesity is also diagnosed when a person reaches a level of obesity that greatly increases their risk of developing life-threatening health problems.

 

Health Risks and Conditions Associated with Morbid Obesity

 

Morbid obesity is recognized as a chronic disease and if left untreated, can lead to the development of one or more serious health problems. Common conditions associated with morbid obesity include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apnea and Other Breathing Disorders
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Stroke

 

Morbid Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery

 

For people diagnosed with morbid obesity, the risks associated with not having weight loss surgery are often higher than the risks of surgery itself. Obesity is considered a progressive disease because the excess weight gain causes a number of hormonal and metabolic changes in the body that increase the risk for even greater fat accumulation over time, making it difficult to fight using diet and exercise alone.

Luckily, treatment is available and surgery is an extremely viable option. At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we work to educate our patients on their weight loss options, as well as life after surgery. To learn more about your options and begin improving your health, schedule a consultation with us today!

 


LEARN MORE ABOUT IF WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery. Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese. And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website! Insurance won’t pay? We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years. Visit us today at www.bmisurgery.com or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Establishing a Work Out Routine After Weight Loss Surgery

Shoes, workout equipment and water bottle on wood floor

Shoes, workout equipment and water bottle on wood floor

 

Establishing a workout routine after weight loss surgery is a major factor that affects the long-term success of your weight loss journey. Regular exercise will help you recover faster, reach your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. No matter what your activity level was prior to surgery, we recommend working with your physician and fitness professionals to establish an exercise plan to meet your unique needs and abilities.

 

The Benefits of Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery

 

We can’t stress enough the importance of developing an exercise routine after surgery. Regular exercise leads to measurable improvements in weight loss and better overall health. Setting attainable goals and gradually increasing your daily activity level post-surgery has many benefits including:

  • Maintaining weight loss
  • Improving circulation
  • Strengthening your heart and bones
  • Increasing your metabolic rate
  • Developing muscle strength and endurance
  • Improving blood sugar control
  • Relieving stress
  • Improving your mood

 

When To Start Working Out After Surgery

 

Patients can typically begin very light exercise within the first week after surgery. We understand that this can seem like a daunting task to take on so soon, but once cleared by your surgeon, the sooner you begin being active, the better.

The important thing to remember is to start small and set realistic goals. No one expects you to come straight out of surgery and run a marathon. Focus on adding activities to your daily routine that will encourage you to increase your heart rate, improve flexibility and build endurance.

 

Starting Your Post-Op Workout Routine

 

Week 1 – Week 4 Post-Op: Take this time to focus on getting back into the routine of your normal everyday activities. You should not lift anything over 10 pounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Need to do the dishes? Try washing them by hand, so you have to stay standing longer. If you have stairs in your home, walk up and down them a few extra times each day to get your heart rate up.

Set a goal to walk for a certain amount of time and then push yourself to walk a little longer each day. Slowly increasing your daily activity level right after weight loss surgery will help you build up stamina and add more active habits in your daily life.

After 4 Weeks Post-Op: Each patient is different, but at four weeks post-op you should be cleared to perform most, if not all, exercises. This is when you can really start ramping up your workout routine and begin exploring different types of exercises to find what you like best.

Walking is a great option, but can be hard on your joints. If that’s the case for you, swap a few days of walking for a few days spent in the pool. Water activities, like aerobics, are typically lower impact and can be a fun new way to stay active.

The important thing to remember throughout your weight loss journey, is that you are not alone. It is easy to get discouraged at times, but there are great resources to help you along the way. We’ve found that patients who seek out support, follow an exercise routine and stick to a healthy diet are far more likely to lose the weight and keep it off.

 


Learn More About Post-Op Exercise from Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions With CoolSculpting

2019 New Year's Resolution

2019 New Year's Resolution

 

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy in 2019? Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for yet. Even with a healthy diet and strict exercise routine, stubborn pockets of fat can still stick around and seemingly hide all of the progress you’ve made. If this is something you are struggling with, then CoolSculpting may be the perfect solution for you.

 

What is CoolSculpting?

 

CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, non-surgical procedure that can help you eliminate fat with little to no downtime. It is often used to reduce stubborn fat cells that exist in areas of your body that are difficult to target with diet and exercise alone.

During the procedure, precisely controlled cooling is used to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Once frozen, the fat cells will begin to die and your body will naturally process and eliminate them. Because this is a non-invasive procedure, there is no risk of scarring and you can return to your daily routine almost right away.

 

How Can CoolSculpting Help Me Achieve My New Year’s Resolutions?

 

For many patients, CoolSculpting is the perfect incentive to help them stick to their New Year’s resolutions. It is a great option if you are looking to fine-tune your figure, look slimmer in clothes and regain confidence.

While CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution, it can help you lose unwanted fat in areas of your body that are difficult to target with just diet and exercise. Additionally, because it is a non-surgical procedure, you won’t have to worry about taking a break from your fitness regime. You can continue to focus on getting healthy and fit, all while seeing the slimming effects of reducing unwanted fat in those troublesome areas.  

 

Getting Started with CoolSculpting

 

Every CoolSculpting patient is different and we at BMI Surgery take extra care to make sure we provide the best treatment options to meet our patients’ needs. We start with a one-on-one consultation, during which we complete a physical evaluation, discuss your desired results and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

If we determine that you are a good fit for CoolSculpting, we will then create a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve your fat loss goals and get you one step closer to making your New Year’s resolutions come true.

Want to learn more about if CoolSculpting is right for you? Schedule a free consultation with us today!


Learn More About How CoolSculpting Can Help You Reach Your Fat Loss Goals from Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.