After Weight Loss Surgery

For gastric bypass patients, the scheduled follow-up visits take place after one week, two weeks, four weeks, three months, six months and one year post-op and yearly thereafter. At each annual checkup, the patient has lab work done to check their nutritional status.

In addition, these patients have scheduled follow-up visits with our dietician at two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months and one year post-op and yearly thereafter. The surgeons and dieticians are also available for visits at other times as needed.

For gastric band patients, the follow-up schedule is much more driven by the patient and may vary based on how well the patient is doing with their weight loss and how restricted they are. All patients are seen at two weeks post-op, and then every four to six weeks until approximately six months. Then they are seen every two to three months, at one year post-op, and at least yearly thereafter.

This is variable, of course, as some patients need band adjustments much more often than others. Band patients also have labs drawn at one year and yearly thereafter, and they follow up with the dietician on an as-needed basis.

It is important for patients to understand that their weight loss is dependent on maintaining adequate restriction by coming to the office to get some fluid injected into the band (an "adjustment" or "band fill") when needed — whether that's at a regularly-scheduled visit or whether they need to come in between their regularly-scheduled follow-up visits.

Band adjustments are done either by the patient's surgeon.

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