30 Jun Avoiding too Much Weight Loss After Surgery
It’s important to maintain a healthy weight after surgery so your body has all the energy it needs to heal. Many patients are concerned about gaining weight after spine surgery (which we’ve covered in a previous article), but some patients aren’t able to keep enough weight on after surgery. This can be just as troublesome as excessive weight gain. In this article we are going to offer some tips for avoiding excess weight loss while you recover from spine surgery.
Causes of Weight Loss Post-Op
Perhaps the most common cause of increased weight loss after a spine surgery procedure, is loss of appetite due to prescription pain killers. Some pain management drugs can cause a loss of appetite in certain patients, which can make it difficult to keep your weight at healthy levels post-op. The lingering effects of anesthesia can also cause loss of appetite, as well as nausea and vomiting. These side-effects should dissipate a few days or weeks after your procedure.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Post-Op Weight
Here are a few tips for maintaining a healthy weight after your spine surgery:
- Eat at regular times each day.
- Take your prescriptions as recommended.
- Talk with your doctor if you are experiencing loss of appetite or vomiting.
If you are losing a lot of weight after your minimally invasive spinal procedure, contact your doctor for full diagnosis and treatment options.
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