Bariatric surgery is not an ordinary surgery where you can simply go back to your normal life and forget about it. When you sign up for it, you are committing to lifelong changes.

To help you adjust to your new life and maintain weight loss for the long term, we at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville will guide you every step of the way.

What you can expect after bariatric surgery

After bariatric surgery, expect to have discussions about your nutrition (including supplements), physical activity, and no-nos.

Speaking of no-nos, smoking is a big NO-NO for bariatric patients -before and after surgery.

The Effect of Smoking and Bariatric Surgery

Smokers are at higher risk of developing surgical-related complications compared to non-smokers. This is the reason why smokers are advised to quit smoking weeks before most scheduled surgeries. The same thing especially applies to bariatric patients. In fact, we highly encouraged our patients to stay away from smoking after surgery. Here’s why:

  • Smoking decreases the blood flow to the surgical site, delaying wound healing and making you more prone to infections.
  • Smoking weakens your immune system, which also increases your chance of infection after surgery.
  • Smoking can have a significant impact on your lung health, making you more prone to lung infections like pneumonia.

If you struggle with quitting smoking, our staff can provide you with resources that can help you.

Is bariatric surgery right for you?

Still, contemplating if bariatric surgery is right for you? Watching our FREE, no-obligation informational session can help you decide. Visit https://newlifeseminar.premiersurgical.com/ from the safety and comfort of your own home!

New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. New Life is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery,  a member of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.

 

Reference:

https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/harmful-effects-tobacco/why-you-should-quit-smoking-having-surgery