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What to Expect – Weight Loss and Bariatrics

Are you ready to start on the path toward a healthier weight and a healthier life?

From the moment you make this decision to the moment you meet your goal, you can count on us to be there along the way.

Non-surgical weight loss

It’s important to understand that healthy and sustainable weight loss is a life-long journey, and we’re committed to work with you as long as you need. You can trust that our staff and educators will design a weight-loss and maintenance program specifically tailored to your unique goals.

Learn more about our non-surgical weight-management programs.

Surgical weight loss

Making a decision to go ahead with weight loss surgery to scheduling an actual surgery date can sometimes take up to six months or more. However, each step is important to ensure you have the most successful result from your surgery as possible.

As you consider your options, you should know the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery.

Preparing for bariatric surgery

When you make an appointment to have bariatric surgery, you are making a commitment to change your life. That new life starts as you prepare for your upcoming surgery and continues as you learn to make healthier choices. We encourage a six-step program before surgery, which includes:

  • Education and seminars
  • Smoking cessation
  • Learning about your insurance coverage
  • Health screenings and evaluations
  • Nutritional evaluations
  • Meeting your bariatric surgeon

Learn more about how to prepare for bariatric surgery and what options you have for bariatric surgery.

Schedule surgery

Once you complete all pre-operative steps and your insurance is approved, you will be scheduled for an initial visit with your bariatric surgeon to determine a surgery date.

Life after surgery

You’ve had your surgery and made your turning point. Now what? Everyone’s recovery is different. Your recovery will go smoothest when you follow the guidelines given to you by your care team.

Diet

You will have a strict diet after surgery to help your body adjust to the changes it’s been through. As you heal, you will be moved from a liquid diet to a soft diet, and eventually to a solid diet. Your goal will be to get to three small, healthy meals each day.

Exercise

You’ll start out slowly as you recover from surgery but will gradually work up to an exercise routine that will help you gain strength and tone as you lose weight. You and your bariatric care team will create this workout routine together.

Vitamins and minerals

Bariatric surgery changes the way your body absorbs nutrients, so you will need to take a regimen of vitamins to keep your body healthy and avoid deficiencies. All procedures will require daily multivitamin and calcium supplements. Your care plan may also require vitamin B12, iron and multivitamin ADEK.

Weight-loss support

Those who take advantage of our support groups are by far the most successful. Meeting regularly with people who are going through the same struggles or successes can be a great help physically and mentally.

Learn more about our education and support services.

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