Life After Bariatric Surgery

Completing your bariatric surgery is just the beginning of your weight-loss journey. We’re here to provide follow-up care and support designed to meet your unique needs.

Life after weight loss surgery

The Franciscan Center for Weight Management offers a range of follow-up options for patients and their loved ones, including:

Nutritional and dietary recommendations after bariatric surgery

For most of our bariatric patients, we recommend the following guidelines after your surgery:

  • temporary, 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
  • eat only small quantities of food (one to three ounces) at a time
  • don't eat desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients
  • avoid carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milk shakes or high-fat foods
  • don't drink alcohol
  • eat only limited snacks between meals

Going back to daily activities after weight loss surgery

Many patients return to full activity at work or home within a couple of weeks of their procedure and are fully healed within a couple of months.

Ongoing health check-ups after weight-loss surgery

At first, you’ll visit our weight-loss team for follow-up visits and some tests every three to six months or as needed, and then every one to two years. Health checks include lab work to check for:

  • anemia
  • low-serum proteins
  • vitamin B12, folate and iron levels

Hear our patients’ experiences with bariatric surgery

Watch our patient stories and hear people just like you describe how weight-loss surgery has changed their lives.

Attend a free seminar on weight loss

Take the first step toward your weight-loss goals and a healthy, active life. Sign up to attend a free seminar on your minimally invasive options for weight-loss surgery.