Follow up Appointments
Following up after bariatric surgery is a critical part of the postoperative process. In the first year, you will have the greatest number of follow up – up to five at:
- Two weeks
- One month
- Three months
- Six months and
- One year
You will likely have two follow up appointments in your second year and then annual follow ups in subsequent years.
These are critical follow-up appointments that measure your healing progress in the early stages through to ensuring that you are getting the right nutrients using routine blood testing. This is also a great time to discuss any challenges you’re having for which Dr. Higa can an offer a solution and guidance.
As mentioned in the vitamin and mineral section of our aftercare portal, these follow up appointments are important to understand whether you have any deficiencies. Rarely are these deficiencies serious, but they could be the difference between good and great post-operative results.
One of the key components of a good follow up regimen is being sure you are prepared. We encourage you to keep a log of the liquids you consume; foods you eat and exercises you perform on a daily basis. You do not need to do this every day. However, bringing a sample week with you to your follow up appointment can be helpful if you are experiencing challenges.
Dr. Higa, or one of the office staff, can offer suggestions on how to improve the regimen for better or safer weight loss.
This is also a time where you need to be very candid and forthcoming with your medical team. Do not be afraid to discuss challenges. Everyone does after a huge lifestyle change like bariatric surgery. Instead, give yourself the very best chance of success by telling someone about it and addressing it early
Details of your postoperative visits will be in your discharge packet and our office will contact you to make sure you are scheduled appropriately.