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Weight Management

Bariatric surgery is just one step on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Here's what you should do after surgery:

Follow the diet recommended by your doctor and/or dietitian.

You will be on liquids for the first two weeks, then soft foods (that don't need to be chewed) for another two weeks before gradually resuming a regular diet. Once you resume a normal diet, remember to keep your portions small so that you don't stretch your stomach or pouch. If you get hungry, eat more frequently and contact the dietician. Try not to eat a larger volume or you can stretch your pouch.

Exercise.

You should begin a gentle exercise regimen within a few days of going home. This may include walking, low-impact aerobics, or using a stationary bicycle or elliptical machine. After about a month, you should progress to more vigorous exercise such as circuit training, weight lifting, high-impact aerobics, power-walking, swimming, tennis or water aerobics. If you have problems with arthritis, you will find that it will be much easier to exercise in the water and your joints will tolerate the stress more easily. Try to exercise at least three times per week or more for at least 20 minutes at a time.

Take your vitamins.

You will be required to take vitamins for the rest of your life. Your surgeon and/or dietitian will monitor your vitamin levels periodically to make sure you are getting the proper combination of vitamins.

Follow-up regularly with your surgeon and the dietician.

Your follow-ups are critical for maintaining your weight and health post-surgery. For gastric banding patients, follow-ups are mandatory to optimize the adjustment of the band.

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