We believe that the best bariatric surgery results can only be achieved with a comprehensive approach to meeting each patient´s physical and emotional needs before, during, and after treatment. With the same level of compassion and thoroughness that we display as you prepare for treatment, our doctors and staff offer support and guidance after your procedure. We provide a number of guidelines and programs for weight loss surgery patients at our practice serving Biloxi, Gulfport, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
It is absolutely vital for each patient to understand fully that, while obesity surgery can have dramatic results, it is not an easy way out. All patients must commit to doing their part and making the necessary changes in habit and lifestyle in order to be considered candidates.
First and foremost, a weight loss surgery candidate must not smoke. Tobacco has a number of adverse effects on the body and smoking will inhibit the recovery process and increase the chances of serious complication. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to quit for a period of time before you can undergo surgery, and you must agree not to start again once the surgery is complete. Likewise, people who use recreational drugs or alcohol in excess should not be considered for bariatric surgery.
Finally, patients will be required to lose a certain amount of weight before undergoing obesity surgery. This helps to reduce the risk of complications during surgery and demonstrates that you have the motivation and willingness to make the dietary and lifestyle changes that will be imperative after the procedure is complete.
- Diet and Nutrition
- Long-term Follow-up Care
- Support Groups
Diet and Nutrition
After your weight loss surgery procedure, you will need to choose foods that are nutrient-dense and do not contain large amounts of fat or sugar. Dr. Avara, Dr. Jenkins and our staff will go over in detail the specific foods and beverages that will be appropriate for your needs. To learn more about the various diet and nutrition tips that can help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle after bariatric surgery, please visit our Post-bariatric Diet and Nutrition page.
In addition to following dietary guidelines, post-weight loss surgery patients will be required to exercise on a regular basis. Incorporating physical activity into your daily life will help ensure that you maintain the results that have been achieved with bariatric surgery. To view specific tips for a strong exercise regimen that can help keep lost weight from returning, please visit our Post-weight Loss Surgery Exercise page.
Long-term Follow-up Care
Rest assured that we do not leave you on your own after giving you a list of dietary and exercise guidelines to follow. The team members at South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center are committed to monitoring your progress and offering advice and encouragement when necessary.
Because nutritional deficiencies are a possible side effect of weight loss surgery, we need to see you periodically to check whether you are getting enough protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin B12. After surgery, follow-up tests are conducted at one week, six weeks, four months, one year, and once every following year.
These follow-up visits help us stay in touch with our patients and learn about their stories of success as they enjoy the healthy, fit lifestyle that is possible after weight loss surgery. If you live in Biloxi, Gulfport, or anywhere in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Area and are interested in learning more about obesity treatment, we invite you to contact our practice in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, today.
Support groups are an integral part of our post-weight loss surgery program. They can provide ongoing education and guidance for patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, or gastric banding with the LAP-BAND® System or the REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band. Although groups are primarily intended for people who have already had weight loss surgery at our practice, we welcome patients who received treatment at other centers. If you are considering weight loss surgery, we also encourage you to attend a session and meet with patients who have undergone the procedure. Support groups are an invaluable way to gain comfort and strength as you hear other people share experiences that are similar to yours.
Our support groups allow patients to get to know each other, but they are also a great source of information. Each session is structured and run by one of our friendly, experienced team members. We also have nutritionists and other clinical professionals present who will lead discussions and answer any questions you have. The groups are a source of inspiration for our patients, who leave each session with renewed determination and new ideas for maintaining weight loss.
We are with you every step of the way.
We offer a comprehensive program for patients to follow after their procedures to ensure that their results and health are maintained. Through detailed instructions for post-surgery diet and exercise, as well as support groups and follow-up appointments, we will continue to be invested in your journey. To learn more about life after weight loss surgery, contact our practice serving Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.