Follow-Up Care Critical to Weight Loss after Surgery

Losing weight is a process. It takes time. And if you’re like most people, that’s a commodity that’s always in short supply. When you’re pressed for time, have a busy schedule, or conflicting appointments, you’ve got to make some tough decisions and decide what’s most important.

Make your own meals, or go out to eat? Watch TV or go to the gym? Meet up with friends at the last minute or keep your doctor’s appointment after your second weight loss surgery? If you’re serious about losing weight after revisional bariatric surgery to correct a problem or get back on track with your weight loss goals, keeping your appointments with your doctor is critical.

Patients Who Keep Appointments Lose More Weight

In fact, research shows that keeping the follow-up appointments with your doctor can significantly increase the success of your surgery and help you achieve optimal weight loss. In the study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, researchers looked at long-term weight loss results over a four-year period for patients who received laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.

During the first year after surgery, most patients lost 65 to 70 percent of their excess body weight. However, as time went on, the patients who skipped follow-up appointments began to fall behind in weight loss compared to those who continued to meet with their doctor regularly. After four years of follow-up, the patients who met with their doctor for all follow-up appointments after laparoscopic bariatric surgery lost 24 percent more weight than those who didn’t keep their follow-up appointments.

Accountability Promotes Lifestyle Changes

What happens at a follow-up appointment? In most cases, you’ll weigh in to measure your progress, have your blood pressure checked, discuss your diet and exercise habits with your doctor, address any concerns you may have, and schedule any follow-up procedures if necessary. It might not seem important, but simply keeping those follow-up appointments raises the accountability factor and helps you develop the day-to-day habits after surgery that will help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

Revisional bariatric surgery can improve a prior weight loss surgery, correct a problem or complication, and get you back on track to lowering your Body Mass Index, achieving a healthy weight, and improving your quality of life. Keeping your follow-up appointments after surgery is just as important as eating healthy and getting regular exercise to get the results you want.

A Little Reminder Can Make a Big Difference

We’re here to help. After surgery, when you schedule follow-up appointments with your doctor, we’ll send you friendly reminders to help you keep your appointments. All you have to do is show up. It’s one more way to tip the scale in the right direction. For more information on the revisional bariatric procedures performed by New York’s top bariatric surgeons, call 800-633-8446 or contact us today. You can also choose to use our Live Chat function that is in the top right corner of the page for an immediate discussion.

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Follow-Up Care Critical to Weight Loss after Surgery

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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