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Bariatric surgery after care, helping you to make a swift recovery

Helping Hands can provide you with bariatric surgery aftercare helping you to have a swift recovery and receive continuing support with your diet, as well as any other medical conditions you may have as a result of obesity.

What is bariatric care?

Bariatric is the umbrella term for dealing with issues of extreme obesity. Extreme obesity can lead to restricted mobility, heightened vulnerability to skin infections, and low mood.

Being “bariatric” also increases the risk of other medical conditions and complications, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, stress incontinence and obstructive sleep apnoea.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a treatment for obesity that restricts the amount of food that goes into the stomach. A gastric band can be used or a small amount of the stomach can be removed to reduce the amount of food that can be retained in the stomach. This surgery is only recommended for people whose health has been dramatically compromised due to obesity.

Recovery after bariatric surgery

After bariatric surgery a certain level of care will be required to ensure no infections arise, and to reduce the risk of potential complications after surgery. Potential complications can include infection, blood clots in the lungs or legs, and internal bleeding. Your condition will be monitored closely by your Helping Hands carer, when you arrive home after surgery to ensure that you are safe, should a complication arise.

Bariatric aftercare

Once your surgical wound has started to heal, your recovery does not stop there. It is important to follow a strict but controlled diet so that you continue to lose weight in a healthy way. Any nutritional deficiencies and metabolic issues should be monitored closely as you rapidly lose weight due to the surgery with the support of your carer and your nutritionist who will help you follow a diet plan, helping you to tackle any deficiencies so that you remain healthy.

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Bariatric nursing care from experienced carers

Our team of carers at Helping Hands can support you throughout this entire process, so that you can recover from your bariatric surgery quickly and without any potential complications. They can support with mobility keeping your wound clean and help with looking after the household. Your carer can also be a part of your diet regime, to make sure you’re eating the right amount at the right time of day to control your weight loss.

Rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery can have a negative impact on the body. Vomiting can occur in the first weeks after your surgery which can lead to dehydration. A Helping Hands carer will provide you with the care and attention you need after your bariatric surgery to ensure you remain healthy and happy, and they can be a great motivating force as you tackle a new regime with exercise and healthy meal planning.

Gastric by-pass home care

A Helping Hands personal assistant isn’t just there to support in the immediate 24 hours after surgery, but is a professional supporting hand before and after the gastric procedure. Providing motivational support, a fulltime live in personal assistant can provide routine, structure and portion control in the 2 week liquid diet leading up to surgery day. This liquid diet is so important to help reduce the size of the liver pre-surgery making surgery safer.

Post gastric by-pass home care from Helping Hands includes the necessary home care support for the first 24 hours where patients must not be left alone; and then follows with post-surgery diet support with the weeks of fluid, pureed and then soft foods as the newly tightened stomach adjusts.

Bariatric Care FAQs

Bariatric care refers to the care of those struggling with extreme obesity and the affects it has on their day-to-day life. It may also be in place for those who have bariatric surgery and need support during their recovery.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describe people that have a BMI of 30 and over, as well as those overweight by more than 100-200lbs, as bariatric.

Our team of carers can support you with daily activities at home, personal care, the housework and attending appointments to ensure you are cared for in a safe and dignified way. They will also be there for you after any bariatric surgery you may have, so you can convalesce safely at home.

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Page reviewed by Carole Kerton-Church, Regional Clinical Lead on November 4, 2021

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