Before recommending bariatric surgery, we require that each patient makes a commitment to improving and maintaining his or her health by fully participating in the aftercare program. We consider strict adherence to a diet and a tailored exercise plan absolutely essential to the overall success of the procedure. That’s why we are devoted to assisting you throughout your entire experience and beyond.
We provide ongoing education so you know exactly what steps lay ahead. It begins with an in-depth review of the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. If you decide to move forward, we will perform an internal medicine evaluation, as well as a psychiatric evaluation to gather information necessary for the procedure and recovery. Once the surgery is complete, one of our surgeons will advise you on your follow up care. The patient is required to schedule post-op appointments and obtain post-op labs at one week, one month, six months, and one year post-op, and annually thereafter.
Remember that the quality and quantity of your diet will change. Your stomach’s smaller size will limit your food intake, so what you eat is critical. Detailed nutrition guidelines for your surgery put an emphasis on high-quality protein and should be followed precisely.
Incorporating some form of exercise into your daily life will drastically improve and can even speed up the weight loss process following bariatric surgery. For instance, walking, cycling, aerobics or swimming can help you feel and look great even before the surgery.
We provide free informational lectures with insights to keep you motivated and help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain good health after the surgery.
In addition to monthly group meetings, members are available to support each other informally by phone. We provide a newsletter that includes recipes, news, success stories and other general information. Additionally, our annual special reunion event gives all of us the opportunity to celebrate each other’s successes. View available support groups.