Weight loss surgery - Things to know before you trip back home
- WALK, WALK, WALK! – If you’re flying or driving back home for a long period of hours, you should try to make an extra effort to change positions frequently while sitting, and mostly important; walk around every 20 – 30 minutes during your trip… It will help you to stimulate blood circulation and avoid a higher risk of developing a blood clot.
- DON’T FORGET TO TAKE A BLOOD THINNER! – Taking your blood thinners after or during your trip back home is something that you should take very seriously, undergoing major surgery can make you more susceptible to develop dangerous blood clots.
- STAY HYDRATED! – Carry with you a big bottle of water or another type of fluid suggested in your post-op diet during your flight back home, your body went through a major procedure and still recovering. Remember that our body needs water for proper functioning and to prevent dehydration...
- PLEASE, DON’T
SMOKE! – As you might know, smoking always increases the risk of infection, wound complications, pulmonary and cardiac difficulties, and delay
the recovery and healing process after surgery… Studies have also shown that
smoking increase the risk for blood clot three to five times.
- TAKE YOUR MEDS! – At the beginning it might be difficult for some patients to remember their post-op medication on proper time, but remember that this is a life changing procedure for good! You have to start and maintain healthy habits, special when you just went out from surgery. The prescribed medications will help to stabilize the patient during the recovery, also some of these medications are the main tool to make the patient feel comfortable and painless during the trip back home.
- USE COMPRESSION SOCKS! – Its very common to advise the patient after any major surgery to wear compression stock, the objective of this guideline is to prevent blood clots... Especially when the patient will be unable to move around much after surgery on their flight back home; either due to the after-effects of surgery or having another medical condition affecting your mobility, you should wear compression socks as long as you’re spending time off of your feet.
- NEVER DOUBT ABOUT ASKING FOR HELP! Even if you’re traveling alone never hesitate about asking for some little help with your luggage… Please try to avoid lifting anything heavier than 20 to 30 pounds, or doing push or pull motions during the first six weeks after surgery…