Over time, I have come across many clients who have had surgery whilst on their weight loss journey, some anticipated and some a total surprise. One thing that is pretty consistent with them all is the impact it has on them afterwards.
Almost without exception, they all find themselves very weepy and down about 4 weeks after the op. They talk about just not feeling themselves, feel overwhelmed, somewhat down and depressed and that life feels too much let alone the diet!
I’m no medical expert but I suspect this has to do with anaesthetic. I’ve heard that it takes at least 6 months for your body to recover from a general anaesthetic and I have known people who react very badly to them so it makes sense to me.
Depending on what operation you had, you also need time to psychologically adjust. It took me years to recover from the knee surgery I had aged 27. Stupidly, I had both knees done at the same time so I was bedridden for 6 weeks, then had to literally learn to walk again. Nobody warned me before the op and it was a massive shock. I was completely dependant on other people to cook for me, clean for me, get me to the toilet etc etc. From being a very independent, single mother of two small boys, I really didn’t like the fact I was not in control. It was both humiliating and humbling.
It was also a major adjustment realising that my life would never be the same again. I was told to expect pain and I lost confidence. I was told never to engage in “impact” exercise so stopped doing all sport and dancing, which had been a huge part of my life.
Whether you are having / have had planned or unplanned surgery, recognise that it’s going to have an impact on your diet. Be gentle with yourself. It may be worth while dropping the diet altogether (some aren’t actually safe for 3 months after a general anaesthetic), or cutting yourself some slack and aiming to eat healthily on the days you feel you can manage to. You may find you need anti-depressants for a few months to help you recover emotionally and that’s ok. When your body has fully healed, you will be in a better place to tackle your weight.