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Weight Loss Topics

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Weight Loss Surgery
Diet & Behavior Modification
Life After Surgery
The following identifies areas that will be important for patients to follow after weight loss surgery.

Healthy Eating. The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful weight loss. Gastric By-Pass, Gastric Sleeve and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Dietary Guidelines have been provided below. What is most important is that you adhere strictly to your surgeon’s recommended guidelines.

The following are some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines a weight loss surgery patient may encounter:

  • When you start eating solid food it is essential that you chew thoroughly. You will not be able to eat steaks or other chunks of meat if they are not ground or chewed thoroughly.
  • Don’t drink fluids while eating. They will make you feel full before you have consumed enough food.
  • Omit desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients.
  • Omit carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milk shakes, high-fat foods and foods with high fiber content.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Limit snacking between meals.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Gastric Bypass Surgery & Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
  • Recomendaciones Alimentarias Para La Cirugia de Baipas Gastrico Y La Cirugia de Gastrectomia Vertical en Manga
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Dietary Guidelines
  • Guias Dietarias Para La Cirugia de Banda Ajustable Gastrica Laparoscopica

Going Back to Work. Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will vary according to your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of weight loss surgery you had. Many patients return to full pre-surgery levels of activity within six weeks of their procedure. Patients who have had a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure may be able to return to these activities within a few weeks.

Birth Control & Pregnancy. It is strongly advised that women of childbearing age use the most effective forms of birth control during the first 16 to 24 months after weight loss surgery. The added demands pregnancy places on your body and the potential for fetal damage make this a most important requirement.

Long-Term Follow-Up. Although the short-term effects of weight loss surgery are well understood, there are still questions to be answered about the long-term effects on nutrition and body systems. Nutritional deficiencies that occur over the course of many years will need to be studied. Over time, you will need periodic checks for anemia (low red blood cell count) and Vitamin B12, folate and iron levels. Follow-up tests will initially be conducted every three to six months or as needed, and then every one to two years.

Support Groups . The widespread use of support groups has provided weight loss surgery patients an excellent opportunity to discuss their various personal and professional issues. Most learn, for example, that weight loss surgery will not immediately resolve existing emotional issues or heal the years of damage that morbid obesity might have inflicted on their emotional well-being.

Weight Loss FAQ

What Is Obesity?
What Is Morbid Obesity?
What Causes Morbid Obesity?
How Can I Tell If I'm Morbidly Obese?
What Are Obesity-Related Health Conditions?
Should I Choose Weight Loss Surgery?
What Are The Risks & Possible Complications of Bariatric Surgery?
Calculate Your BMI Box
Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Body mass index or BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
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Attend a Free Seminar
The first step is to attend our educational seminar.  The seminar will provide you with the information about the weight loss operations we perform including risks and benefits of each operation.
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Request A Consultation
To request a consultation for weight loss surgery with Dr Burritt Haag you must first attend one of our monthly educational seminars.
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Join A Support Group
We offer support groups to enhance your success during your weight loss journey. Support groups are required by your health insurance prior to having your operation.
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