Life After Weight Loss Surgery

Completing surgery is just the beginning. Successful, long-term weight management will require changes in diet and lifestyle, changes that can challenge some relationships. Franciscan Center for Weight Management offers a comprehensive program of follow up care for both patients and loved ones, including support groups, nutritional consultation and continuing education.

Post weight loss surgery guidelines for most patients include:

  • temporary, post-operative liquid-only diet
  • slow transition to pureed foods, then to soft foods, and finally to solid foods within one to two weeks or months after surgery (depending on procedure)
  • nutritional foundation of high-protein liquid drinks and supplements accompanied by healthy food choices
  • toleration of only small quantities of food (1 to 3 ounces at a time)
  • no desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients
  • no carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milk shakes or high-fat foods
  • no alcohol
  • limited snacks between meals

Going back to work

Many patients return to full activity within several weeks of their procedure and are fully healed within a couple months.

Ongoing health checks

Initially, follow-up tests will be conducted every three to six months or as needed, and then every one to two years. Health checks include lab work to evaluate for: anemia, low-serum proteins, and Vitamin B12, folate and iron levels.

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