After Surgery Tips

Support Group:

We believe strongly that support after surgery is an important part of our patients success. Highlights include guest speakers, field trips, hot topics and personal story sharing.  Support group is open to pre and post surgical patients and their support team. For more information, please call 573-777-1042.

No registration is required.

Exercise:

Exercise will be an important part of your new lifestyle. We know that by increasing your activity level, you are increasing the amount of energy your body expends. This results in increased weight loss. We also know that most individuals who have successfully maintained their weight for long periods of time, are usually the those that exercise regularly.

Tips for an Active Lifestyle:

  • Walk for 30 minutes or more, most days of the week
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park your car further away in the parking lot

Even if you are not able to walk 30 minutes a day at one time, try to walk as long as tolerated and do that as many times as needed to add up to 30 minutes. Exercise is a must as you start eating less in order to maintain your metabolism.

Ways to lose weight and keep it off:

  • Eat three meals per day, spaced approximately 5 hours apart
  • Choose foods that are high in protein and low in fat
  • Always eat protein first
  • Avoid sweet and foods high in fat
  • Limit your portion size to no more than 6 ounces
  • Avoid drinking and eating at the same time
  • Avoid carbonated and calorie containing beverage
  • Exercise daily
  • Stop eating as soon as you feel full

REMEMBER THAT YOUR DIET NEEDS TO BE LOW-FAT, LOW CALORIE, SUGAR-FREE, AND PORTION CONTROLLED FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Tips when you dine out:

  • Order an appetizer instead of an entire entrée
  • Ask if you can order off the children’s menu
  • Share an entrée with a friend
  • Inform wait staff of your slower eating pace, so that they do not rush you
  • Ask wait staff to remove your water glass from the table
  • Let your companions do the talking while you do the chewing