After weight loss surgery comes another important phase in the bariatric surgery process: aftercare. Aftercare is the process of monitoring your progress and helping you reach your goal weight in the healthiest way possible. Following bariatric surgery you are advised to follow a strict discipline in regards to your diet and general lifestyle.
Our aftercare nurse will help ensure that you are on track to lose weight and reduce the health risks associated with bariatric surgery.
What does aftercare entail?
Typically, aftercare programs include an outline of diet and exercise after surgery. Following your doctor’s recommended diet after bariatric surgery is the most important aspect of post-surgery monitoring. Making the right food choices will help you speed up your weight loss process and making poor choices will usually undermine your weight loss progress. Our aftercare nurse will also advise you on an exercise routine, which will start out slow then increase to include more physically-demanding activities.
Depending on your surgery, supplements can be an important aspect of maintaining a nutritious diet. Our nurses will guide you throughout the process of a vitamin and mineral supplement regimen.
Can I manage my own aftercare?
Many patients who have undergone bariatric surgery often feel that the hard part is over. They are somewhat surprised to find that bariatric surgery involves a series of phases that can seem daunting. Bariatric surgery often requires follow ups and progress reports, which sometimes seem unnecessary to patients. Patients should not take control of their own aftercare – research says patients increased their weight loss when they were actively engaged with their aftercare nurse.
Patients who follow their physician’s suggestions usually lose more weight (35% more) after bariatric surgery than those who don’t follow their doctor’s suggestions. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that those patients who lose more weight are more likely to keep the weight off.