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.