When I talk about losing weight before gastric sleeve surgery I don’t mean those crazy 6 month diet plans mandated by some insurance companies. Those seem to just be punitive and give the insurance company more time to come up with denial reasons. (But then I’m kind of cranky today since I’ve given up coffee.)
I’m referring to losing weight in the time about a month or so before surgery. Most of this weight loss is going to occur in the pre-op liquid diet phase, but if you can lose weight before that on your own, the below study says you’ll have greater post-op success.
Patients who lose at least 8% of their excess body weight 4 weeks before undergoing bariatric surgery achieve greater weight loss over the next 12 months than those who do not lose this amount of weight preoperatively.
So for me, that means at a starting weight of 244, I should lose 19.5 lbs before surgery. I hope to have surgery in one month, so I’ve been getting serious about weight loss for about a week or two now. As of a few days ago, I’ve lost 7.6 lbs. (I keep forgetting to weigh myself in the morning!)
To calculate how much you’d need to lose, just multiply your weight by 0.08 and you’ll come up with your goal number.
(I know that the other reason to lose weight before surgery, and the whole point of the liquid diet, is to shrink your liver to make the surgery easier on the surgeon. I’m on board with that point as well.)
Here’s the study:
— Medscape (@Medscape) February 9, 2018
Are you trying to lose weight before surgery? Did your doctor set a goal for you? Are you having a hard time or is it coming easily to you?