Bariatric surgery is on the rise as an effective treatment for clinically severe obesity. Also known as weight loss surgery, these procedures like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy help people achieve significant weight reduction.
However, bariatric surgery is just one component of the weight loss process. Making lifestyle changes and using specialized bariatric products can ensure patients meet their post-surgery nutrition, exercise, and health goals.
This article explores the key types of bariatric products available to improve outcomes and quality of life after weight loss surgery.
Bariatric patients have unique nutritional needs. The reduced stomach capacity and digestive changes require foods and beverages that are:
Meal planning and preparation are key. Check out some bariatric-friendly recipes if you enjoy cooking.
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Due to reduced food intake and nutrient malabsorption after bariatric surgery, patients need to take supplements to prevent nutritional deficiencies.
Bariatric equipment improves quality of life after weight loss surgery by aiding in portion control, food tracking, comfort, mobility, and increased activity levels. Here's some items that will come in handy:
|Portion Control||Small plates||Measuring cups||Portion control containers||Food scales||Adjustable dinnerware||Sectioned plates|
|Activity Monitoring||Pedometers||Fitness trackers||Heart rate monitors||Resistance bands||Yoga straps||Pool noodles|
|Mobility Aids||Canes||Walking sticks||Knee scooters||Standing wheelchairs||Crutches||Walker bags|
|Comfort Items||Bariatric beds||Pressure relief mattresses||Bed rails||Lift chairs||Swivel recliners||Lumbar cushions|
|Bathroom Aids||Elevated toilet seats||Bariatric commodes||Shower chairs||Bath benches||Grab bars||Handheld showers|
|Exercise Equipment||Recumbent bikes||Ellipticals||Resistance machines||Balance boards||Light weights|
|Daily Living Aids||Reachers||Dressing aids||Long handled tools||Robotic vacuums|
|Transportation||Vehicle ramps||Swivel seats||Extended seatbelts||Travel scooters||Disability placards|
|Therapeutic Apparel||Compression stockings||Back supports||Therapeutic shoes||Ankle braces||Post-op abdominal binders|
|Orthopedic Items||Joint braces||Gel insoles||Heel cups||Orthotic inserts||Bunion splints|
The right clothing can make the bariatric journey more comfortable. Shop for practical pieces that support your changing body through each stage of weight loss and increased mobility:
Bariatric surgery kickstarts the weight loss process, but specialized products help patients overcome unique nutritional, mobility, and lifestyle challenges post-op. The right bariatric foods, supplements, equipment, and clothing improve outcomes by promoting healthy behaviors for long-term success. Work closely with your bariatric team to create a plan including the bariatric products that you'll likely need. And then shop around comparing prices and product reviews online. Good luck with your new post-op life!!
Allison is a seasoned nutritionist and writer with over 15 years in health and weight management. She's authored journals on medical weight loss and bariatric medicine, and has specialized in bariatric foods.
Reviewed By: Dr. K. Huffman
Dr. Kevin D. Huffman, D.O., is a board-certified bariatric physician renowned for his expertise in treating obesity. With over 10,000 patients and a reputation as a national leader in bariatric medicine, he has trained hundreds of healthcare providers. Dr. Huffman develops protocols and training materials sought after by medical societies, pharmaceutical companies, patients, and hospitals.