Life After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is an important step along your journey to better health, but it's the work we do together after surgery that will really determine your success. That's why the Schneck bariatric program follows your progress for life.
Here are some of the things that you can expect after you have bariatric surgery.

Dietary changes

Because your weight loss procedure alters the shape of your stomach, the way you digest food will be different. For a period of time after surgery, certain textures and types of foods will be off limits.

Mealtimes will take more planning. You'll have to measure your portions carefully and eat at certain times of day. And because you're eating less, you'll have to take additional vitamins and minerals to keep your nutrition levels healthy. Your Schneck dietitian will help you establish a regimen and make necessary changes to it as your body adapts to the effects of surgery, so you don’t have to feel like you're doing this on your own.  This may help reduce some of the stress you may experience regarding meals.

New fitness expectations

Daily exercise must become part of your routine. This is a key component to getting healthy and maintaining improved health. Any exercise is better than no exercise, even 30 minutes of continuous walking each day makes a big difference.

Emotional ups and downs

Many patients will tell you that life after bariatric surgery can be emotional. In many ways, you're leaving your old self behind, and that can trigger a lot of feelings. The best way to cope with any mood swings you may experience is by keeping a journal or talking to a counselor, such as our team's psychologist.

Our continued commitment to you

Bariatric surgery is an amazing tool for losing weight, but only if you know how to use it. The Schneck bariatric program will show you how to do that.

The first 12 to 18 months after surgery is the peak time for losing weight. You'll have to make the most of this stage because you can’t keep off the weight you never lost.  To help you succeed, we schedule our follow-up appointments during this time frame to monitor your progress, but we are always available outside of your scheduled check-ins if you need support.  

Here’s our schedule of follow-up appointments after your surgery:
  • 2 to 3 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • Yearly thereafter
During follow-up appointments, your dietitian will guide you through the nutritional and fitness benchmarks you should be hitting. These standards will change as your body changes. The Schneck team will educate you so you know what to expect and how to deal with it.

We also have a monthly support group for patients of bariatric surgery. People who regularly attend have expressed that they feel more empowered to continue on their weight loss journey.

Attend a free bariatric seminar

To learn more about how weight loss surgery can change your life, attend one of our informational seminars.