Preparing for Surgery

Life After Surgery

Life After Surgery

The success of your weight loss surgery is dependent upon your compliance with nutrition guidelines as well as exercise and health care guidelines specific to your surgery.

Returning to Work

Your ability to return to work is specific to your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of weight loss surgery you had. Many patients resume their pre-surgery activities within a few weeks after surgery.

Patients who have had a laparoscopic procedure may be able to return to work or other pre-surgery activities within two weeks. You should consult your surgeon and follow their recommendations before returning to work or participating in strenuous activities.

Birth Control and Pregnancy

Because of the added demands pregnancy places on your body and the potential for fetal damage as you adjust to your new nutritional needs, it is strongly advised that women of childbearing age use birth control during the first 18 to 24 months after weight loss surgery. Pregnancy after weight loss has stabilized has been shown to be safer than pregnancy as an obese woman.

You should consult with an OB/GYN and follow their recommendations before attempting pregnancy.

For more information, call Michelle Harrison, RN, at (706) 880-7265.