The majority of weight-loss occurs during the first year after surgery. Although this time is usually very rewarding, it can also be a time of frustration. Follow-up and consultation with your surgeon and bariatric team will be essential to address any concerns or problems you may have. Treatment is a combination of surgery, diet therapy, exercise and fundamental changes in behavior. Success depends on determination to change behaviors and make a commitment to lifelong follow-up. Persons who enjoy long-term success after bariatric surgery have incorporated exercise and a low-fat/low-sugar nutrition plan into their daily lives.
Our clinic provides long-term follow-up and care to all of our patients after surgery. All surgical patients are usually seen around one week after surgery. Gastric bypass patients are then typically seen at month one, three, six, nine and 12 after surgery and then yearly. Lap-Band patients are typically seen at four to six weeks after surgery. Future follow-ups vary depending upon the need for adjustments. Lap-Band patients are typically seen every six weeks for the first six months, then every three months for the first two years, then yearly.
For more information, contact the Weight Loss Clinic at (717) 721-8795.
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