Life After Bariatric Surgery

Your life will change after bariatric surgery. In the first year, people who undergo weight loss surgery may lose as much as 40 to 80 percent of their excess body weight.

Depending on the type of weight loss surgery you have, you can return home within a day or two (with adjustable band and gastric sleeve) or after about four days (with open gastric bypass). Your doctor will recommend a restricted diet that is likely to include liquids at first, gradually followed by mashed-up foods, soft foods, and finally regular foods. For the rest of your life, you must eat slowly, consume only small quantities of food at each meal and chew thoroughly.

Losing weight after surgery can improve many weight-related medical conditions you might have, such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. Weighing less will also make it easier for you to move around as you go about your day-to-day activities.

But remember: surgery alone is not the solution. To lose weight and avoid complications from a bariatric procedure, carefully follow the eating and exercise guidelines recommended by your Carilion doctor and dietitian. In addition, make sure you continue to work closely with your Carilion healthcare team via regularly scheduled follow-up visits.