The road to recovery after weight loss surgery can seem complex but we are here to guide you throughout the process. You will have clinical follow-up visits scheduled at the following intervals:
Post-Operative Surgical and Doctor Visits:
- Two weeks post-op
- Two months post-op (do blood work two weeks prior to this appointment)
- Six months post-op (do blood work two weeks prior to this appointment)
- One year post-op (do blood work two weeks prior to this appointment)
- Schedule visits with your primary care doctor every three months during the first year after your surgery
- Schedule annual visits with your bariatric surgeon
- Have blood work done once each year after surgery to check your vitamin and mineral levels
If you experience unexpected complications at any time throughout your post-op care, we are here to help. Call us to discuss your symptoms with a registered nurse. After hours, an on-call surgeon will be available to answer your questions.
In the weeks and months following surgery, your diet and nutrition will advance through five phases at different rates, depending on your type of surgery and progress. During this time, exercise will continue to be paramount in your wellness program to ensure that you meet and maintain your weight loss goals. Be prepared to discuss your exercise strategy with your doctor throughout the process.
We will provide you with personalized guidance, menu samples, food and digestion education, and information on how to read nutrition labels. We will also make exercise recommendations and offer resources and support for your new lifestyle approach.
Phase 1: Sugar-free, clear liquids and walking 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes, gradually increasing to 20 minutes.
Phase 2: Sugar-free liquids and high-protein shakes. Continue to increase physical activities per your doctor’s instructions.
Phase 3: Soft or pureed, high-protein foods for approximately 6-8 weeks, allowing your body time to adjust to soft, solid food; exercise 15-30 minutes four times per week, gradually increasing your time until you are working continuously for 45 minutes.
Phase 4: Solid high-protein foods and vegetables until you have lost 75 percent of your excess weight; exercise 30-45 minutes 5-6 times per week.
Phase 5: Addition of complex carbohydrates to high-protein foods and vegetables. You will stay on this maintenance diet for the rest of your life, paying close attention to the foods that you can tolerate and eliminating the ones you cannot. Limit sugar to avoid unnecessary calories and reduce the risk of complications. Exercise every day.