Should I go for regular follow-up visits after bariatric surgery?

To protect your health and ensure your weight-loss success, the Weight-loss Surgery Program at South Miami Hospital requires all bariatric patients to maintain a schedule of follow-up care for a minimum of five years. Schedules vary, depending upon your procedure. Gastric band patients require monthly adjustments; sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass patients generally see their surgeon once every three to four months. 
Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Regular medical follow-ups with your healthcare providers are essential after bariatric surgery. It is important to ensure that you have medical physical exams and evaluation to check bowel functions, and that you are healing properly. The surgery will result in putting you at risk for nutrient deficiencies. Weight loss, physical activity, blood work and nutrient intake are all monitored to ensure that you will have success in maintaining your weight loss. Bariatric surgery will require follow up for a lifetime.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

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