As you begin your new life after surgery, the team at Western Surgical Bariatric Center will be right there with you offering follow-up care and support. This is not a quick fix, thus follow up care is important to your success. We will see you approximately one to two weeks after your surgery to make sure everything is going well. Additional check-up exams will occur at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. After that, we will see you at least once a year to monitor your progress and health
Immediately following surgery you will notice a difference in the amount and type of food you can eat. You will receive nutritional counseling to help guide you with the proper post-operative gastric sleeve diet. Since the amount of food you can eat will be much less, the proper diet is important to take in the nutrients that your body needs. Daily vitamin and mineral supplements will be necessary.
Exercise is very important to your overall weight loss success. Most people find that as your total body weight decreases, exercise becomes easier. After you are cleared for physical exercise from your physician, exercise should become part of your daily schedule. We recommend that our patients exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.
Patients typically lose between 60-70% percent of their excess body weight after surgery. Weight loss can vary dramatically depending on compliance with proper diet and exercise. Most patients stabilize at their new lower weight between 1 and 2 years after surgery, although dramatic weight loss can be seen within the first few weeks to months.
Weight-related medical problems may be alleviated or eliminated after surgery. Such conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastro-esophageal reflux, and weight related depression. Significant weight loss may also decrease your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
Support after your surgical procedure is very important to your success. Having a good support network through your family and friends will help you along the way, and we also offer bariatric support groups through Rose Medical Center.