What to expect - Lifestyle Changes
Preparation begins well before the actual surgical procedure. Lifestyle changes before and after weight-loss surgery, are essential to ensuring a successful and long-lasting outcome. Dr. Morse and his surgical weight-loss team have a well-developed plan to guide and support you through your entire weight-loss process - before, during and after surgery.
PRE-SURGERY Lifestyle Changes
Patient knowledge and confidence are crucial to any surgical procedure. You will meet with Dr. Morse and his surgical weight-loss team for a pre-surgery exam and evaluation. This includes; medical diagnostic testing, a mental and nutritional evaluation. Once these results are evaluated, you will again meet with Dr. Morse to discuss the outcomes and determine which weight loss procedure is right for you. In addition, we recommend several things that you, as a patient can do ahead of time to ensure a successful surgery:
POST SURGERY Lifestyle Changes
- Exercise. Begin walking a minimum of 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be continuous and can be broken up into smaller sessions.
- If you smoke, stop smoking before surgery. Smoking delays healing after any surgery, promotes infection, decreases your capacity for oxygen, increases the potential for lung problems and increases your risk for ulcers after surgery.
- Listen to your Doctor. Dr. Morse and his surgical weight-loss team will provide you with written information you need prior to surgery to maximize your best physical, mental and surgical outcomes.
Weight loss surgery can change your life. Committing to making changes in your post-surgery life will maximize the benefits of your surgery in order to achieve long-term lasting success. Patient follow-up is essential and our entire surgical weight-loss team is ready to provide ongoing support for you.
Patients meet with a nutritionist for educational instruction on dietary changes.
Patients meet with an exercise professional to determine an exercise plan for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Patients are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled support groups to share their experience with others who have gone through the same weight-loss surgery and understand their goals.
Follow-up care with Dr. Morse’s team is usually done with his physician’s assistant, Julie Schwarz. There will be follow-up appointments scheduled after one week, one month, three months, six months and a year, and then at least annually after the first year.