In preparation for surgery, our specialists will meet with you to discuss preoperative and postoperative details. All patients must be able to comply with a restricted diet and are encouraged to exercise. It is essential to carefully follow diet and exercise guidelines prior to surgery and prepare for a regimented diet after surgery. Our registered dieticians and physical therapists will work with you to develop individual meal plans and fitness goals before and after surgery. Patients are encouraged to speak with others who have undergone weight-loss surgery to better understand the benefits and long-term lifestyle changes that must be made.
Patients typically spend one or two nights in the hospital after surgery. Depending on your condition and medical history, recovery time is about 2 weeks until return to work because of fatigue from having to be on a clear liquid diet. You must immediately adhere to the pre-planned food restrictions. A dietician will continue to work with you to address issues related to the diet plan, such as foods that might cause discomfort. A bariatric specialist will also provide precise diet and fitness plans to enable your success and to reduce the risk of complications.
It generally takes a month to retrain the esophagus and stomach to eat regular food. The first two weeks consist of consuming liquids and gradually throughout the month long period, foods are slowly reintroduced for a gradual transition. This process is done under the direct supervision of your Bariatric Surgeon.
All patients are required to have followup appointments regularly to make sure weight loss occurs in a healthy and consistent manner and to avoid minor complications which can develop into major complications without proper supervision and guidance. Vitamin levels are also checked and monitored regularly. Band patients typically undergo band adjustments at regular intervals every two months during their first year, then twice a year, then annually. Sleeve, Bypass, and Switch patients visit the Bariatric Surgeon typically every three months for the first year, then twice a year, then annually.