What to Expect

Life After Surgery

A guide to life after bariatric surgery

Surgery is just one part of Crozer-Keystone’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program. We’ll give you the tool and teach you how to use it – but your success depends on how you use that tool.

Life after bariatric surgery

What our patients say....

“I got up right away after surgery. At home, I was able to do everything I normally did almost immediately. By the time I went back to work six weeks later, I felt fine.”

Dianne Royal
Crozer-Keystone bariatric patient

Listen to other patient success stories.

Activity Level

The ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will depend upon the patient’s physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of surgery the patient underwent. Many patients return to full pre-surgery levels of activity within 4-6 weeks of the procedure.

Post-Surgery Diet

The modification made to the gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in eating habits that must be followed to achieve successful weight loss. Diets are determined on an individual basis depending on your procedure and how you tolerate each stage:

  • You’ll be discharged to home on a Stage 1 diet (sugar-free clear liquids).
  • At your first post-op visit, we’ll evaluate how you’re doing and advance you to Stage 2 (full liquid diet) providing all the essential nutritional requirements.
  • You’ll then contact your dietitian once a week on a predetermined day and time to advance you to Stage 3 (blenderized diet), Stage 4 (soft diet) and finally to Stage 5 (regular diet with some restrictions for the first six months)

Two months after your surgery, you’ll meet with your dietitian in person to evaluate your progress and make sure you’re getting all your daily requirements.

Our dietitians are available to you at any time before and after surgery – just call the Bariatric Surgery Center at (610) 619-8450 or Nutrition Services at (610) 619-8450.

Nutritional Supplementation

Following the nutritional supplement recommendations after surgery will be critical to your health to prevent long-term complications.

Your dietitian and case management nurse will make sure you have:

  • 60 to 75 grams of protein per day, supplemented with protein shakes or products as needed
  • Surgery-specific vitamins and minerals
  • Vitamin D-3
  • Iron supplement
  • Medication, such as Actigall or Ursodial, for six months to reduce the risk of gallstones
  • Proton pump inhibitor, such as Nexium or protonix, for three months
  • B-12 supplementations once per week if needed

Exercise

By incorporating an exercise routine into your daily life, you will benefit from accelerated metabolism and a general feeling of well-being. Life-long nutritional supplementation will be required.

Birth Control and Pregnancy

It is strongly advised that women of childbearing age not get pregnant during the first 12-18 months after surgery.

Long-Term Follow-Up

Although short-term effects of weight loss surgery are well understood, there are still questions about the long-term effect on nutrition and body systems. The program offers post-operative patients continued long-term follow-up to monitor your health and success. Scheduled periodic check-ups will include laboratory tests that are specific to the needs of the bariatric patient.

Ready to get started on the road to healthy weight loss?

If you’re interested in Crozer-Keystone’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program, take the next step and attend a free educational seminar – in person at a location near you.

For physician referrals or other medical inquiries, call (610) 619-8450.

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