BARIATRICS & PHYSICAL THERAPY

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Are you worried about your obesity? Does your weight give you nightmares? Do you want to gain control of your weight?  

Let’s Begin.  

Do you think only gym and dieting can help you shed those extra pounds? Well, the answer is no. That’s just one part of the strategy. You need to understand the root cause of your obesity and how it should be treated. For that, you need a bariatrician. These are the doctors who study and treat obesity. In medical terms, “Bariatric” means diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of obesity. They examine you and plan a treatment that is right for you to lose weight and maintain good health.  

Obesity is the most common and growing disease in the world. In the US, 37.9% of men and 41.9% of women are obese; with the 12th highest obesity rate in the world.  Are you worried? Contact our Bariatric experts for a free consultation to be free from obesity forever. Call us Now on 347-868-1060.
 

Bariatrics and the importance of Physical Therapy 

Before and after surgery, you will need physical therapy (PT), so that you can move freely with less pain, accelerate your healing, avoid injury to joints and muscles, and keep a calm mental state while on the road to recovery.  

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), it is recommended that you should perform aerobic or light resistance training 20 minutes per day, three to four days before and after the surgery. The benefits of this physical therapy are:  

  • To teach you the benefits of exercise and its role in your new lifestyle.  
  • To educate you about how to perform the exercise safely before and after your procedure. 
  • To enable you to monitor your vital signs. 
  • To teach you new ways to monitor your progress and keep you Motivated! 

What can you expect? 

  • Taking physical therapy helps you to build your strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and physical endurance.  
  • Your therapist designs a custom exercise program for before and after your surgery considering your current fitness level.  
  • Your therapist gives you instructions to follow for rehabilitation, mobility, and exercises after surgery.  
  • Your physical therapist performs an evaluation test to check how many times (per week) you would need physical therapy to get maximum results in terms of weight loss.  

Pre-operative Physical Therapy 

Cardio-respiratory fitness regime before the surgery helps improve your heart, lungs, and muscles for an extended period of time.  

  • When meeting with the physical therapist, you will be asked health-related questions to make a plan for you – Workouts that you can perform at home and PT sessions with your PT Trainer. 
  • Educate you on how to perform specific exercises to grow your endurance and strength of your muscles and joints as well as prepare you for the surgery.  
  • It also gives mental benefits like setting a positive mindset before surgery and increasing physical activity before surgery to build confidence.  

Post-operative Physical Therapy  

After bariatric surgery, the road to recovery is different for different people due to different body structures and metabolism. Following bariatric surgery, your physical therapy might include the following: 

  • You might be advised to start a simple exercise routine soon after surgery, to avoid post-surgery complications and reduce the risk of blood clotting. 
  • Your surgeon and your physical therapist will evaluate you and start postoperative physical therapy based on your progress.  
  • Your physical therapist might give you light exercises and record your progress and this routine will gradually evolve over the next 6 to 8 weeks.  
  • Your physical therapist will also offer tips for easy-to-do home exercises, and healthy safe habits to maintain your goal weight even after full recovery.  
  • You will have to do Cardio-aerobic exercise that strengthens the heart and lungs, increases bone density, improves mental acuity, and releases endorphins, which can help with anxiety issues. 
  • You can stay active by doing strength training to retain muscle mass, keep bones healthy, tone and grow muscles. 
  • Flexibility activities, such as walking and stretching, can help you avoid injury. 

Post-bariatric surgery, you will need to increase movement as your body heals and strengthens to keep the weight off and reclaim your health. 

Obesity and weight gain lead to issues with your physical and mental health.  

You can get rid of this problem by meeting our bariatric experts who not only guide you and treat you but also help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle! 

Call us now @ 347-868-1060. 

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