Weight loss surgery is a surgery whose results can change your life and improve your daily life. Therefore, it is important that you become aware that bariatric surgery is forever and does not end with the intervention itself. Actually, that’s the beginning of the process to lose weight and improve your health.
During the first 5 years after surgery, it is important to get analysis and medical check-ups, even in some cases radiological and endoscopic studies suggest.
Who performs bariatric surgery should follow the postoperative course, with the necessary controls. But what should be checked?
Blood pressure. It is important to control the pressure, especially in people who suffer from hypertension. Sometimes the pressure is normalized.
Diabetes. It is important to control glucose levels, because many times these are normalized.
Cholesterol and triglycerides. After surgery the blood fat levels tend to normalize.
Levels of iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid. One of the most common consequences after surgery is anemia, so it is necessary to control the levels of iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid three micronutrients are if low may indicate anemia.
Liver function. It is important to monitor your liver function properly.
Calcium, alkaline phosphatase and parathyroid hormone. It is important to control such organic substances to avoid and prevent osteoporosis.
Vitamin levels in blood. One of the complications that can present this surgery is poor absorption of vitamins, so it is essential to control to see if it needs vitamin supplements.
Weight evolution. It is advisable to weigh yourself every two weeks on the same scale. It is suggested to keep a written record.
Alterations of articular reflexes.
The wounds. It is important to control wounds to prevent postoperative hernias.
Bariatric surgery is not just a weight loss program, it is a technique that allows you to improve your quality of life. To achieve this it is important to all previous and following the intervention controls.