5 Delectable Food Recipes that you can Enjoy after Bariatric Sleeve Surgery

Enjoy after Bariatric Sleeve SurgeryAfter bariatric sleeve surgery, you need to follow a nutritious diet to expedite your weight loss goals. Eating a variety of food ensure consumption of adequate amount of proteins, vitamins, and minerals in your body. More often than not, consuming same type of food everyday becomes monotonous. That’s when many people start losing their motivation to keep up with their weight loss goals. To help, the post discusses five delectable gastric sleeve post op diet & recipes. Let’s take a look.

1. Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

As yogurt is a healthy food item, we like to start out food list with a delicious yet healthy yogurt popsicles recipe. Mix milk and yogurt. Divide the mixture between your popsicle molds and put a few berries in each mold. Divide half a cup of oatmeal among each mold and place an ice cream stick into each mold. Store the popsicles in the freezer for 4 hours. Remove the popsicles by running the mound under hot water.

2. Black Bean and Corn Salad

Mix fresh corn, red onion, black beans, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, honey, and pepper together. Pour the mixture over black beans and corn mixture and let it marinade for 30 minutes.

3. Peanut Applesauce Chicken

Cook chicken in sauté pan and add applesauce, mustard, powdered peanuts, and brown sugar when the chicken is almost cooked. Stir the ingredients together and simmer over medium heat. And you are ready to enjoy appetizing and nutritious peanut applesauce chicken!

4. Apple and Tuna Sandwiches

Peel an apple and chop it into small pieces. Put the tuna, yogurt, apple pieces, mustard, and honey in a medium bowl and stir well. Spread a half cup of this mix on each 3 slices of bread. Top each slice with a washed lettuce leaf and a slice of bread.

5. Chicken Caprese

Begin by heating a grill pan over medium-high heat. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil over chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the chicken and place the chicken on the grill. Cook each side for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or as you like it. After chicken has been cooked, top it with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Top each breast with thinly sliced basil, a slice of tomato, and pepper to taste. Serve it with balsamic vinegar and you are ready to relish your chicken caprese.

Wrapping Up

The success of weight loss surgery depends on your willingness to opt for nutritious food choices and avoid high-calorie snacks and drinks. Having said that, you don’t have to keep up with same old food boring recipes, as there are many ways to keep your food healthy yet taste delicious. So, if you are already bored of your day-to-day bariatric sleeve surgery diet, you know what to do. If you have more recipes to add to the list, feel free to share in the comments.

Dietary Guide To Follow Post Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

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Laparoscopic gastric banding is a minimal invasive weight loss surgery option for morbidly obese patients. The procedure includes decreasing the size of the patient’s stomach, which makes them feel full sooner. Complication rates for gastric banding patients is quite low and the good news is that with right dietary plan patients can lose up to 50 percent or more of their body weight over the period of time. To help, the blog post discusses some helpful dietary tips that laparoscopic gastric banding patients must abide by to avoid complications and get successful results in terms of weight loss.

Diet Post Surgery

Patients will be on a liquid or pureed diet for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. The surgeon will evaluate patient’s condition before allowing them to consume soft, and regular food items. As patients start consuming regular food, they feel full faster due to reduced size of the stomach. Overeating beyond the surgeon’s advised limit is a strict “NO”. It is also normal for patients to experience body aches, mood swings, and hair loss during 3 to 6 months post lap band surgery. The primary reason being that the body takes time to adjust rapid weight loss.

The Right Way to Eat

Patients need to chew their food properly and swallow it only after it’s soft to avoid blocking the opening between the pouch and the large part of the stomach. Most surgeons advise their patients to eat six small meals a day, instead of three bigger ones. Also avoid snacking between meals. To ensure proper digestion, use a low calorie sauce while eating hard foods such as pasta, breads, raw vegetables and hard meats. To maintain proper hydration, drink up to 8 cups of water or any other calorie-free liquid. That being said, avoid drinking liquids during and after meals.

Food to Eat

Patients need to abide by a diet plan that includes food items rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins to fulfill the body’s nutritional requirements . Some items that must feature in their diet chart are skinless chicken, lean pork, fish, egg whites, beans, and dairy products such as cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, and non fat hard cheese. Combining high texture foods with food items rich in protein, which helps patients feel full for a long period. A couple of examples include salad with grilled chicken, and celery with peanut butter.

Food Items to Avoid

The commandment for gastric banding patients is simple, avoid anything that includes empty calories and is low on nutritional value. Patients need to avoid sugary foods such as syrups and sweeteners, and items rich in carbohydrate. For sustainable benefits, they must also give up their drinking habits and will do good to stay away from carbonated soda and other drinks that include fructose.

Final few Words

Patients must religiously follow health care sessions after surgery to ensure right course of action and status of the treatment after surgery. It is also important for patients to adopt and follow a dedicated exercise regimen to consolidate the benefits of undergoing laparoscopic gastric banding surgery. Last but not the least, patients must not avoid any signs of complications and should consult their specialist immediately if they feel uneasiness or discomfort. If there is a need to remove or adjust gastric band, you can consult any reputable bariatric surgeon in Perth or elsewhere to get it fixed.

4 Cool Workouts to Follow Post Bariatric Surgery

4-cool-workouts-to-follow-post-bariatric-surgeryKeeping a check on weight gain after bariatric surgery becomes difficult once you resume your sedentary lifestyle and find it difficult to resist junk food. Even after the weight loss surgery, you do not shed weight overnight, you have to follow a strict diet and exercise regime to achieve your weight loss goals. Though you may have already done your homework and discussed your plans with your bariatric surgeons in Perth or any other place, doing same things repeatedly can get boring over the time. To make your workout regime a little fun, post bariatric surgery, this blog post lists five cool and exciting workout classes that are sure to help you stay fit.

1. Pole Dancing

Pole dancing is not only fun, but also help you keep a check on your weight. You can simultaneously strengthen your arms, legs and core, while improving your flexibility. You will be surprised to see how engaging pole dance session are, and do wonders in terms of body fitness.

2. Urban Rebounding

How often have you seen gymnasts and acrobats perform sensational routines on a trampoline! Flipping on a trampoline is actually fun, and those of you who have done it in your adolescence will vouch for it. All you need to do is enrol in an urban rebounding class and enjoy mini trampoline jumping while not worrying about the weight gain. You can also rent a DVD and a mini trampoline to do it at your home.

3. Indo Boarding

People who have undergone bariatric surgery in Perth or any other place can include indo boarding as a part of their workout regime. Indo boarding lets you surf, and without splashing waters! It is a plank set up over a cylinder, to help you work on the coordination, balance, and core muscles of your body. It is a great workout, and fun activity, that helps you keep a check on body fat.

4. Suspension Training

Lastly, we have the suspension training classes, the fitness regimen popularized by Jennifer Lopez. This workout lets you work upon your body’s core strength and stability, by making you move your body weight against gravity. You are exposed to a variety of lifts, planks, and other forms of suspended body activities working up your way.

Wrapping up

Bariatric surgery alone cannot help you achieve the desired weight loss unless followed by a healthy lifestyle. You need to put aside your sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. Include moderate to difficult exercises into your daily schedule, not only help you prevent fat accumulation post surgery, but also instill confidence and energy. You can always look for newer workout plans and classes to keep away the monotony associated with day to day gym workouts. Lastly, discuss your workout plans with your obesity surgeon in Australia before getting started.

5 Essential Tips for Sustainable Weight Loss Results Post Bariatric Surgery

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One of the biggest obstacles patients, undergoing gastric banding surgery, face is to get rid of untimely hunger pangs. The success of any bariatric surgery depends upon the ability of the patient to suppress hunger, or better, satiating the hunger by having healthy food items. More often than not, people find it difficult to adapt to the stringent bariatric plan that leads to a weight relapse. Therefore, it is essential to take the right steps for sustainable weight loss results after weight loss surgery. Continuing the discussion, the blog post discusses five such tips to follow post gastric banding surgery.

1. Eating Healthy Foods

Post gastric banding surgery, you are expected to eat a balanced diet including wholesome foods, vegetables, fruits and food grains. Moreover, it is important to cut down or eliminate processed foods from the diet to avoid weight relapse post gastric banding surgery.  To start with post gastric banding weight loss success, try to broil, bake or grills foods instead of frying them and replace skim milk from whole milk. Switching on to such diet plans can feel difficult in the beginning; however, following it is easy once the body starts getting more accustomed.

2. Allowing the Body Thrive on Protein

You need to include proteins in all your meals, after going through gastric banding or any bariatric surgery for that matter. It is important to stick to the daily protein recommendations suggested by the bariatric surgeon, which typically varies from 60-80 grams per day. Thankfully, proteins are a part of a number of foods such as lean meat, dairy products, nuts, soy products and legumes. Be sure about choosing eatables with low-fat content try a variety of methods such as protein powders and shakes to fulfill the bare minimum requirements post consulting a nutritionist or bariatric doctor.

3. Differentiating in Between Emotional Hunger and Physical Hunger

If you could differentiate emotional hunger and physical hunger, you are halfway through the weight loss journey. Many a time, when the body is dehydrated; you may start feeling hungry. Rather than drinking water, people prefer munching a snack to get rid of the hunger, which is a wrong practice, after weight loss surgery. Alternatively, drink plenty of fluids including water and other low-calorie and sugar-free beverages, only as prescribed by the nutritionist or your bariatric surgeon. It is advisable that you don’t’ drink anything 30 minutes before and after meals according to post gastric banding surgery instructions. However, you will soon get accustomed to the routine once you are aware of the liquid requirements of the body.

4. Having Regular Meals

The blood sugar level of the body needs to be regulated, in order to avoid those hunger pangs. Therefore, instead of having a large meal at a time, eat three small meals a day that are appropriately spaced. Increase the consumption of complex carbs in those meals such as whole grains and fruits and limit simple ones such as rice, chips, and cookies. Moreover, eat more of almonds and nuts to suppress sugar spikes and keep a tab on overeating.

5. Chewing the Bites Properly

The stomach gets quite sensitive post gastric banding or any bariatric surgery and therefore, it is important to chew every bite more than 20 times to facilitate normal digestion. In fact, food chunks should be mashed down to a consistent paste in the mouth itself; so that stomach and intestines are not overburdened during the digestion. Moreover, there is an added advantage of chewing the food until it’s broken down into a paste form. The brain perceives longer chewing times as a signal of higher food intake, thereby sparing a person from overeating.

The Bottom Line

Gastric banding surgery can lead to continual weight loss results year after year, provided the patient sticks to the right bariatric diet and postoperative precautions. As gastric banding surgery is just the first chapter to sustainable weight loss, it needs to be supplemented by certain lifestyle changes and shifts in the routine diet. Keeping touch with a nutritionist and your bariatric doctor can assist you with necessary changes in the diet over time, helping you attain permanent weight loss results.

Understanding SIPS: Surgical Correction for Failed Sleeve Gastrectomy

understanding-sips-surgical-correction-for-failed-sleeve-gastrectomySleeve gastrectomy is one of several bariatric procedures that facilitate weight loss in obese patients. Undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy ensures the desired weight loss results only if the patient is ready to adapt to post-surgery guidelines in terms of lifestyle changes. Patients that fail to adhere to the strict dietary and exercise regimen required after weight loss surgery often experience a relapse in  the long term. In the event of a relapse, the surgeon may recommend a revision surgery known as SIPS (stomach intestinal pylorus sparing surgery). It is fast becoming an option all over the world for patients who experience inadequate weight loss, regain weight, and efficacy in those with super morbid obesity. Continuing the discussion, the blog post discusses in detail about SIPS. Take a look.

How SIPS Works

SIPS is simple, safe, and gives the same results as in primary Duodenal Switch (DS) patients. It requires no new skills over doing a RY-DS or a RY-GBP. There are three major steps involved in performing SIPS surgery:

  • Creating a sleeve gastrectomy
  • Transecting the small intestine at the duodenum, just beyond the outlet valve of stomach (pylorus).
  • In a primary case , a major portion of the stretchable portion of the stomach is permanently removed while maintaining the basic stomach function.
  • Nearly half of the small intestine is bypassed via a loop that connects the lower part of the small intestine (ileum) to the opening at the duodenum. The loop is 300 cm in length.

Benefits of SIPS

  • It is a good option for people with failed sleeve gastrectomy.
  • Gives greater weight-loss results
  • Effective procedure to lower cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Effective procedure in remission of type-II Diabetes
  • Less frequent bowel movements and vitamin deficiencies owing to the longer common channel
  • Moving from sleeve gastrectomy to SIPS gastric surgery is technically simpler and has fewer complications than RY-GBP or RY-DS.
  • SIPS surgery, with minimum 300 cm of common channel, features similar metabolic and nutritional defects as a traditional RY-GBP and RY-DS.
  • Sleeve to SIPS procedure has lower long-term complications than other procedures involving similar malnutrition rate and weight loss profiles.

Success Stories

Surgeons in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, shared some data at the ICCDS conference, which showed that staged sleeve to DS patients lost the same amount of weight long term as primary DS patients. In other findings published by Bariatric Times in Salt Lake City, it was found that patients that underwent conversion of SG to  SIPS, which is a modification of a traditional RY-DS to a loop DS, lost similar amounts of weight as primary surgeries performed in the first year after the SG.

Wrapping Up

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a common procedure for weight loss in obese people. SIPS is the new kid on the bariatric block designed to help patients who experience inadequate weight loss from GS or go through a relapse. Experts at Perth Surgical and Bariatrics perform Gastric sleeve on many obese patients and we deploy a treatment regime designed to mitigate chances of relapse in our patients long term. To learn more about GS, SIPS or any other weight loss or revision procedure, simply fill out our contact form, we will get back to you, shortly. You can also call us at 08 9370 9686.

Umbilical Hernia Surgery: What you Need to Know About the Procedure?

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When a part of the intestine protrudes through the umbilical opening in abdominal muscles, it causes an umbilical hernia. Most of the umbilical hernias are harmless, but in rare cases can develop a serious condition called strangulation in adults. The blood flow to certain parts of the body suddenly stops in strangulation and leads to nausea, severe pain, and vomiting.

More About Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery

There are two different ways to perform surgery:

  • Open hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair

The surgeon makes an incision below the belly button to access the hernia in the conventional open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery, on the other hand, is a less invasive procedure where small incisions are made away from the hernia site to insert the laparoscope.

The procedure in both the types of surgeries remains the same. The surgeon pushes the bulging intestine and abdominal lining through the hole in the abdominal wall and closes the hole. The surgeon might insert a synthetic mesh material into the abdomen in some cases to strengthen the area.

Risk Factors

There is a rare chance of a patient facing complications after the surgery. Some of the risks of surgery include:

  • Blood clot
  • Infection
  • Reaction to anaesthesia
  • Injury to small intestine

Recovering from Surgery

The patient gets a discharge from hospital on the same day in most of the cases. The hospital staff keeps the patient in the recovery room to monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. The doctor may prescribe simple analgesics to a patient and schedules a follow-up appointment after a couple of weeks to assess healing. Most patients get back to their normal routine and activities within two to four weeks after the surgery.

An umbilical hernia may occur in adults because of fluid in the abdominal cavity, chronic peritoneal dialysis, and previous abdominal surgery. The problem is most common in adults who are overweight and women who were recently pregnant. There is a rare chance of recurrence of an umbilical hernia in patients after the surgery.

A Brief Guide to Diet Planning after Bariatric Surgery

a-brief-guide-to-diet-planning-after-bariatric-surgeryBariatric surgery may result in a significant amount of weight loss, provided you follow a strict dietary routine post-procedure. Though a number of individuals in Australia undergo weight loss surgery, not all are aware of the ways to keep a tab on their weight. If you have undergone the surgery or planning to have one, read the blog to know the diet plan to follow after the surgery.

Initial steps

Eating a balanced diet that preserves muscle tissue and helps to retain strength is important. Post-surgery, you might find it difficult to stick to the minimalistic diet that doctors prescribe, however, you will eventually get familiar with the change in your diet.

Low calorie diet

You are allowed only liquids for 2 weeks after the surgery This is followed by blended or pureed diet for the next 2 weeks. You can add in soft foods from the 5th week for a few weeks before you start with regular food. Avoid rice, brown bread, raw uncooked vegetables, cut fruits and chewing gum and carbonated beverages.

Consume more liquids: Say goodbye to alcohol

Sugar-products, fruit juices might knock off the lactose in your system and cause diarrhea. Take more liquids and not more than 300 to 600 calories a day. Consumption of yogurt based products will give you strength and vitality.

Consuming alcohol after bariatric surgery may turn out to be life threatening. Beer, wine, whisky, vodka get easily absorbed in the body and disturb digestion process. Consumption of alcoholic drinks also lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and hypertension. In addition, alcohol consumption might kick-start thyroid problems causing weakness, depression and fatigue.

Include more protein in your diet

Eat chicken, meat, fish, eggs, tofu, cheese, bluefin tuna as sushi dishes, soy milk. Consume anything and everything that builds muscles and not fat. The doctor might prescribe food supplements and chewable multivitamins of very high potency to help you regain strength and get back to work. Do not skip these doses and break them down into small pieces so that they can be chewed, broken down and assimilated easily by the system.

Calcium tablets of 1200-2000 mg are prescribed to prevent osteoporosis, a disease that leads to delicate and brittle bones that are prone to injury. The doctor might prescribe nearly 800 to 1000 international units of Vitamin D and iron tablets so that the body gains additional strength. Vitamin D is also good for reproductive organs and offers vitality post-surgery.

Last Few Words

Following a strict diet is necessary to ensure that you don’t gain weight and get the desired results. You might find it difficult to avoid food items and drinks that you love, however, practicing a healthy lifestyle for a few days is enough to help you control cravings. Do discuss the post-surgery diet with your doctor and make sure to follow it religiously to stay fit.

From Prevention to Treatment: A Spotlight on Sports Hernia

From Prevention to Treatment A Spotlight on Sports Hernia

Sports hernia is probably the most overlooked sports-related injury that affects professional and college level athletes. In layman’s language, sports hernia is an injury that occurs in groin muscles due to repetitive twisting and turning at high speed. It is a painful injury and mainly occurs in people who play sports that require intense twisting movements such as ice hockey, soccer, wrestling and tennis. Before the pain interrupts your training session and impacts your competitiveness, this brief read gives you an insight into the problem, to help you understand the symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Symptoms

Unlike other inguinal hernia, sports hernia doesn’t occur in the form a visible bulge, making it difficult to identify just by looking at the affected area. Instead, chronic groin pain is a hallmark symptom of sports hernia. It may start with a less intense pain that becomes severe with intense kicking, sprinting, twisting, and cutting. The pain may subside with proper rest, but recurs with further engagement in sporting activities. If left untreated for long, the chronic pain can prevent you from participating in sport forever. Other symptoms of sports hernia include:

  • Lower abdomen area sensitivity to touch
  • Minimal or no pain in the groin area when resting, sitting, or sleeping
  • Pain that radiates in the inner thigh
  • Pain when performing abdominal sit ups

Non-surgical Treatment : Physical therapy

The key issue in sports hernia is poor hip strength and a reduced ability to activate or turn abdominal muscles to stabilize the pelvis. Physical therapy can address the issue without aggravating the pain. When undergoing physical therapy, your physical therapist may advise you to avoid:

  • Aggressive and painful stretching
  • Stretching the upper body
  • Sit-ups

In addition, a comprehensive physical therapy treatment includes icing and compression, stretching, muscle retraining, strengthening, manual therapy, and return-to-sport-drills. In most cases, 4-6 weeks of physical therapy solve the problem allowing athletes to return to their respective sports. Nonetheless, if the pain resurrects, your therapist may ask you to consider surgery to repair the torn tissue. In some cases, doctors also recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce the swelling and pain.

Surgical Treatment

There are two ways to go about the surgical treatment of sports hernia- traditional treatment with one long incision or an endoscopic procedure that entails small skin incisions and use of a camera called endoscope to see inside the abdomen. No matter the procedure you choose, the end benefit of both procedures is the same.

Can sports hernia be prevented?

It is difficult to completely prevent sports hernia because of the very nature of several sports and the strain placed on the pelvis and hips. Nonetheless, there are certain preventive measures that reduce the risk of sports hernia in players of sports such as soccer, hockey, and football. The measures include:

  • Abdominal and core stabilization exercises.
  • Strengthening the hip adductor muscles.
  • Exercises to reduce the intensity of stress across the pelvis and lower abdominal area, a potential spot for sports hernia injury.
  • A proper warmup and cool down activity before and after workout.
  • Include activities such as yoga and pilates to make your body more flexible.
  • Maintain a healthy weight as even a few extra pounds can place stress on your joints.

The Bottom Line

Working under an experienced trainer is a must if you are into any vigorous sporting activities. If you notice any sports hernia type symptoms, immediately consult your doctor before the problem takes a turn for the worse. In case the need for surgery arises, visit a surgeon to consult  and discuss everything before signing on the dotted lines. To find a reputable surgeon, use relevant keywords to search the internet. For example, if you are need hernia specialists in Perth, type ‘sports hernia surgery Australia’, to get options.

Understanding Hernia, Types, Causes, and Treatment

A hernia is the protrusion of organs, such as intestines, through a weakened section of the abdominal wall. If left untreated, the split in the muscle widens and greater amounts of tissue or organs are pushed through the opening, forming a sac. This visible lump or bulge is one of the key characteristics of a hernia. Continue reading “Understanding Hernia, Types, Causes, and Treatment”

5 FAQ’s About Umbilical Hernia Repair to know before Surgery

FAQ’s About Umbilical Hernia Repair to know before SurgeryUmbilical hernia is a common disorder that occurs when a mass of tissue bulges out near the navel or belly button due to weak abdominal muscles. Weak spots can remain in infants after birth when tissues and muscles around the umbilical cord fail to close properly or in adults with a recent belly surgery or excess weight. Continue reading “5 FAQ’s About Umbilical Hernia Repair to know before Surgery”