Life After Surgery

Recovering from surgery to get back to your healthy life

After bariatric surgery, it is not uncommon to experience some unexpected emotions and feelings about whether you have made the right decision.

We want to assure you that this is a perfectly natural response to such a sudden change. As you recover and find that you are progressively losing the weight that you struggled so hard to lose in the past, you begin to realize that this time it is really going to work for you!

Another often unspoken fear is that the surgery won’t work for you. This is understandable because so far nothing has ever provided lasting weight loss even though you have tried everything except bariatric surgery. Your concerns will quickly fade as you see rapid improvement in your comorbid conditions with decreasing medication requirements at the same time.

After surgery, you will have routine and frequent visits with our surgeons, nurse practitioners, and our bariatric certified registered dietitian, who will advance your diet as you heal using food choices she knows you like.

Regarding weight loss expectations, there is a difference in the rate of expected weight loss associated with each surgical option. Generally, the higher your starting BMI is the more rapid your initial weight loss will be, though the percentage of excess weight loss is fairly consistent.


Percentage of Excess Weight Loss Expected for a Starting BMI of 40-50

Procedure

1Mo.

3Mo.

6Mo.

12Mo.

Adjustable gastric band

8%

19%

32%

45%

Gastric sleeve

13%

30%

47%

65%

Roux En Y gastric bypass

17%

36%

52%

75%

Biliary pancreatic diversion

18%

37%

60%

85%


Your new journey

All of this is extremely exciting – but do not let anyone tell you that it is easy or that you took the easy way out. The success you will have on your new life journey is well earned through your hard work and the lifestyle changes that you have made. Our compassionate staff at the Weight Management Center is here to help you every step of the way.

Remember that our program of support groups will provide you with lifelong support and ongoing education from successful patients and professional staff.  It is a fact that people who routinely attend support groups maintain better weight loss and have fewer complications.

After bariatric surgery, patients are expected to undergo dramatic changes in their bodies, life and health. Follow up visits at two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, nine months and 12 months are expected. Our patients rarely have to go to the emergency room or be readmitted to the hospital due to the excellent pre-operative preparation with our multidisciplinary team, and because patients have access 24 hours a day to an experienced bariatric nurse coordinator or one of our surgeons for medical questions. We also are proud to offer a surgical aftercare program to post-operative patients who had their surgery elsewhere.