SAFE SURGERY AND HEALTHY WEIGHT
‘Safe Surgery’ requires experienced plastic surgeons, anaesthetists and accredited hospitals. It also requires every patient to be part of a partnership through the surgical journey. Part of the partnership is for our patients to aim to be at a healthy weight before surgery.
Surgical procedures all carry some risks, however, these risks are significantly less if surgery is performed on patients close to their ideal weight. Healthy weight assists in decreasing severe risks or complications such as heart attack, wound infection, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis/Blood Clots) and chest infection, just to name a few. Ultimately, there is a better result for the patient, and less risk to the patient, if the patient has been actively maintaining a healthy weight. Unhealthy weight may also contribute to other health problems such as diabetes, heart problems and joint pain.
Achieving a weight ‘goal’ and maintaining your new weight may require changes to your lifestyle. In order to help motivate our patients, we have gathered information and details of other professionals to assist you in achieving and maintaining your weight loss. Healthy eating, exercise and a healthy attitude can become a regular routine in your life. Sometimes patients may need more guidance with specialists such as dietitians, personal trainers, bariatric surgeons, general practitioners (GP), or psychologists.
Asking for assistance in achieving a healthier weight can be a little daunting, however there are many patients that have had success from taking that first step. Some patients may not identify their weight as a health issue.
Achieving a healthy weight can be achieved through adopting a healthy eating lifestyle incorporating regular physical activity.
Achieving a healthy weight also improves your glycaemic control, which supports improved wound healing, recovery and surgical outcome.
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (www.eatforhealth.gov.au) is a great place to obtain guidance in relation to making positive food choices. It will provide guidance in relation to food variety, meal ideas and portion size.
Being physically active is a key component of a healthy lifestyle and has numerous benefits including improved energy levels, sleep, muscle tone and weight management, just to name a few
The Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend that we
- Be active on most, preferably all days of the week
- Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity each week or a combination of both
- Do muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days each week – yoga, tai chi or weights are good choices
- Minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting position
- Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible
Motivation to live a healthier life starts by identifying that you could be healthier. We suggest speaking with your GP and planing realistic goals. Obtain advice from dietitians and other health professionals to be partners in your journey.
Below are some recommendations of healthcare professionals to help you on your way.
Julie Albrecht and her team of dietitian – nutritionists at www.foodbodylife.com.au. PH: (07)5592 4545
Dr Jordaan Surgical, www.jordaansurgical.com.au PH: (07) 5539 3055
Dr Jason Free, www.surgerygoldcoast.com.au PH: (07) 5564 6501
We love hearing success stories and congratulate you on taking the first step toward a healthier you, and look forward to assisting you further in the future.