One of the most important parts of a successful bariatric surgery is proper follow-up care. Not only do follow-up appointments make sure that you are free of post-surgical complications, but they provide necessary diagnostic testing that ensures proper nutrition. Further we can make sure that your diet and exercise routine are yielding ideal and safe weight loss results. Not only do we want to make sure that you are losing enough weight but that you are not losing too much.
The first year after surgery is the most critical to ensuring your success and health over the longer term. Patients will receive a follow-up appointment at the following intervals:
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 12 months
Annual visits will be required thereafter unless otherwise indicated.
During these appointments, we will draw blood and screen you for various vitamin and mineral deficiencies, most commonly calcium, vitamin B12, iron, folic acid and more. Any deficiencies can be found and corrected quickly. This will also be a good time to measure your progress and discuss any hurdles you may be experiencing in your weight loss efforts. Please let us know if your primary care physician has performed any blood tests within 30 days of your appointment. We may be able to use the results of those tests without ordering more.
Gastric banding patients will need additional follow-up as they will have their band adjusted on a regular basis for ideal restriction.
It is important to remember that patients who do not comply with their prescribed follow-up schedule expose themselves to the potential for serious and chronic deficiencies that can be very serious. Be sure to take advantage of all the benefits your surgery has to offer by attending all post-surgical visits and following your post-operative plan closely.