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Follow-up Care Instructions
Achieving weight loss goals and maintaining good health following weight loss surgery is dependent upon good follow-up care.
Regular individual nutrition appointments are recommended to assess progress and assist patients' maximum nutrition and weight loss sucess.
- 2-4 weeks after surgery
- 3 months after surgery
- 6 months after surgery
- 1 year after surgery
- Annually after 1 year, or more as necessary
Your two-week follow-up appointment will be made prior to leaving the Medical Center after your surgery. If an appointment was not made, please call 410.550.0409 to set up your appointment. Each additional appointment will be made at the Outpatient Clinic during the visit.
Changing your lifestyle habits is a big challenge. That is why it also is important to continue following up with your registered dietitian and psychologist or psychiatrist. These medical professionals will provide you with the necessary guidance and support to help you and your family adjust to and maintain your new dietary, behavioral and lifestyle changes.
How much weight will I lose?
Weight loss after obesity surgery varies from person to person. Typically, weight loss is rapid during the first few months, and then it may begin to slow down. It usually takes about 12 to 18 months for maximum weight loss to occur. The typical amount of weight loss is 60 to 70 percent of excess body weight. Some patients lose more or less depending on their dietary and lifestyle habits.
You can expect some or all of your obesity-related medical problems to improve as you lose weight. Some patients are even able to discontinue their medications for diabetes and high blood pressure shortly after surgery.
It is always important to remember that this surgery is a tool, not a cure, for obesity. This surgery alone will not give you the results you want. You must be committed to a new lifestyle and the behavioral changes associated with it for the rest of your life.
A commitment to these lifestyle changes means exercising. It is important that you begin an exercise program as soon as possible. In addition to preventing complications after surgery, it will help you lose weight.
Start by walking short distances and increase the length and speed every day. Do not perform any stomach exercises, weight lifting or swimming for at least 4 to 6 weeks. If you begin to have pain, stop what you are doing and rest. Walking may be hard for patients with osteoarthritis. Water aerobics is a great option for exercise that is not stressful on the joints.
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