Your surgery is only one step in your health transformation journey. We want you to have excellent results from your surgery and are committed to helping you achieve your goal of better health for a lifetime.
The First Year Post Surgery
The first year after your surgery you will have monthly follow up appointments where we will monitor your progress and offer assistance. Occasionally, if a patient is doing well, your visits could possibly be lessened to every six weeks.
A typical first year follow up schedule for a patient is detailed below:
One Week After Surgery
Attend a one-week post operative nutritional class with other patients and the bariatric dietician.
Two Weeks after Surgery
Two weeks after your surgery, you will be seen in the office for your first postoperative visit. Your wounds will be checked and any questions you may have will be answered. If you are doing well, you will make the transition to the next phase of your diet. You will begin taking your life-long regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements.
Three Weeks After Surgery
Attend a three week post operative nutritional class with other patients and the bariatric dietician.
Four Weeks After Surgery
At four weeks, you will visit the office for a routine check-up to assess your dietary intake, determine how well your wounds are healing, obtain anthropometrics (body weight, fat mass, fat free mass, circumference around the abdomen and hips), and ask any questions you may have. You may also see another member of the multidisciplinary team, i.e., mental health provider or spiritual counselor, physical therapy, if warranted.
Each month, you are seen for the general assessments described above. You will be given a prescription for blood tests to be performed two weeks prior to your six-month postoperative appointment. You may also be seen by other team members if it is advised by the nurse or doctor.
Prior to this appointment, you must have the six-month series of blood tests at your primary care physician’s office or at your designated laboratory. Because there is a possibility of vitamin and mineral deficiencies and associated complications, such as anemia, you must have the following blood tests: CBC, Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), Liver Function Tests, and blood tests for measurements of certain vitamins, iron, and thyroid and parathyroid function. Your surgeon may add or delete certain tests as warranted on an individual basis.
If you do not have your labs completed prior to this appointment, you will be given a script for them at this time.
During the six-month visit, anthropometrics will be measured (body mass index, body weight, fat mass, lean body mass, circumferences), and quality of life status and eating behaviors may be determined from standardized questionnaires. Furthermore, you will have dietary assessments and may be seen by nutrition or exercise professionals. Consultations with the mental health provider are optional and available.
Again, you will have the above mentioned labs conducted at this time. During the yearly visit, you will have a routine follow-up examination, measurement of anthropometrics, assessment of quality of life status and your picture will be taken. Dietary concerns will be addressed, as will optional consultations with the dietitian and psychologist.
Annual Lifetime Office Visits
We need and want to see you annually. We are committed to your health and expect you to be dedicated to lifelong follow-up care. It is important that we help you keep track of your progress.
On-Going Support and Support Groups
We are here to assist you throughout your weight loss journey and encourage you to join our support group. It is helpful to share with others who are experiencing many of your same thoughts and feelings in a caring environment. Visit our calendar of events for detailed information on our support groups. Prospective and current patients and supporters are invited and encouraged to attend.
Healthy Weighs Blog
In addition to our monthly support group, we offer a blog, a place where you can find support and knowledge and read comments from people who share similar experiences. The Healthy Weighs blog offers continued support and knowledge outside of your doctor's visits in your time of need.