What Happens After Weight Loss Surgery


By: Delray Medical Center Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Weight loss surgery is the first step in a life-long journey that can help people who are overweight or obese gradually shed the pounds and improve their overall health. For the procedure to be a success, however, it must be combined with permanent commitments to healthy eating and regular exercise.

Most patients spend two to three days in the hospital following weight loss or bariatric surgery. Once they have returned home, patients must follow a special diet recommended by their physician. They cannot return to their previous eating habits because of the changes made to the gastrointestinal tract. Bariatric patients are usually advised to:

Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day and not skip meals

Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly

Avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol, and desserts and items high in sugar or fat

Stop eating when they feel full

During the first three to six months, you will lose weight quickly. Patients typically need to take vitamin supplements that include iron, vitamins B12 and D, folate and calcium because the body is not able to absorb these nutrients as well. Follow-up tests are usually done at least annually to check for anemia or vitamin deficiency.

Returning to work and pre-surgery levels of activity will depend on the type of weight loss surgery performed, the patient’s physical condition and the nature of the activity. Most patients are able to return to work and exercise in one to two weeks. Women should take precautions not to become pregnant for up to two years after weight loss surgery due to the added demands that pregnancy places on the body.

In addition to changing their diets, bariatric patients also should exercise on a regular basis to keep the weight off. Once they have lost weight, bariatric patients often experience an improvement in pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Some patients may choose to undergo plastic surgery after losing weight if they have large folds of skin, loose muscles or localized pockets of fat tissue.

Restore your health and regain confidence with a proven long-term weight-loss solution. The weight loss surgery team at Delray Medical Center is ready to guide you on your journey to a healthier and more active life.

If you’re 100 pounds or more overweight you may be a candidate for medical weight-loss surgery at Delray Medical Center. The reasons are more than cosmetic. People who are more than 30 percent over their ideal weight often experience serious medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, and may be at increased risk for certain cancers.

Located on the campus of Delray Medical Center, the Surgical Weight Loss Program specializes in multi-disciplinary care and offers some of the most effective procedures available for surgical weight loss in South Florida including: adjustable gastric banding, roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. We also offer management of existing bariatric patients to include lap band adjustments and revisional surgery.

Learn more about the Delray Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Program by attending an informational seminars. To make a reservation or to receive for more information, call 844-474-8378.