Follow-up Visits Key to Weight Loss for Bariatric Surgery Patients
Recent research underscores the importance of keeping up with doctor appointments to maintain weight loss and overall health.
If you have had bariatric surgery to lose weight and combat diabetes symptoms, you owe it to yourself to follow through on your doctor appointments. A recent study presented at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) conference found that bariatric surgery patients have significantly better weight loss in the year following surgery compared with similar patients who don’t attend all their appointments.
The research found that it didn’t matter whether patients see a doctor or nurse. The important thing is to stay in communication with and report any side effects or concerns to someone familiar with you and the challenges of bariatric surgery. This operation, which involves the creation of a smaller stomach to prevent overeating and speed up digestion, requires strict eating requirements and discipline afterward.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of follow-up visits and post-operative care,” says Cleveland Clinic bariatric surgeon Stacy Brethauer, MD, president-elect of the ASMBS. “It could mean the difference between a good and a great result. The most committed patients do best, and we need to find ways to keep all patients engaged for the long-term.”