Support & Follow-up Care
Your success after weight loss surgery is very important to us.
After surgery, have realistic expectations and allow yourself the time to heal as you embark on a new journey to a healthier life. Follow-up care is crucial for long-term success, along with your ability to follow guidelines for diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.
UC San Diego Health's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute provides comprehensive support before, during and after surgery to ensure your recovery. We offer group support and continuing education to help you achieve and maintain your goals.
Post-Op Weight Loss Support Group
To help you stay focused and healthy throughout your post-operative weight loss journey, we offer a support group for individuals who have had bariatric surgery at UC San Diego Health. Participating in support groups enables you to stay motivated through sharing and discussing your challenges and triumphs with people who understand.
Our support group meets monthly. Registration is not required, but participation is open only to our post-operative bariatric surgery patients.
- The group focuses on the issues and changes associated with diet, nutrition and lifestyle that accompany weight loss surgery.
- It provides a safe environment where everyone can participate, share, ask questions, exchange advice and find support.
- It brings in speakers to discuss relevant topics and provide further education.
Your commitment to a new lifestyle is crucial for lasting health and weight loss. Bariatric surgery is just a tool to help you lose weight, but you will need to watch your calorie intake and exercise regularly to maintain your weight loss.
Your surgical team provides long-term post-operative care to help you incorporate and maintain healthy habits. After your surgery, your daily regimen may include short- and long-term medications. Please follow your team's instructions closely, as they are critical to your recovery and success.
Dietary guidelines: You must follow the nutritional guidelines from your doctor after your weight-loss surgery. You'll get guidance on the kinds of food and drinks you can ingest in the weeks and months after surgery.
Vitamins and minerals: Because you are eating less, nutritional deficiencies can occur, meaning you may not get the vitamins and minerals you need from the food you eat. To prevent nutritional deficiencies and preserve muscle tissue, review general tips on vitamin and mineral supplements and eating balanced meals while limiting calories. You should have your labs checked regularly.
Exercise: You'll need to exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes a day) after your incisions have healed. Develop and maintain a consistent exercise program to strengthen your heart and bones, burn calories, develop muscles, increase your metabolic rate, improve your mood and relieve stress. Exercising can also improve your blood sugar control.
Maintain Weight Loss After Surgery
It's easy to regain the lost weight as time goes by and your habits change. But weight gain is not inevitable after bariatric surgery.
We'll continue partnering with you to achieve your wellness goals and enjoy a healthy life. You can manage your weight loss with effective nonsurgical plans customized to your needs through UC San Diego Health's Weight Management Program.
You can work with our highly trained staff to maintain your healthy weight. To get more information about post-op weight management:
A Center of Excellence
Our Bariatric and Metabolic Institute is a fully accredited bariatric surgery center in the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN), meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality. This designation means you get safe, effective and high-quality weight loss surgeries and care at UC San Diego Health.