At CODS, we believe that weight loss surgery is a tool to help you lose the weight that you have been struggling with all these years!
It is not a miracle cure for obesity; your compliance at followingdietary guidelines, supplementation,investigations and exercise regimes plays a huge role in the success of your surgery and therefore to a large extent of the success of your surgery does lie with ‘YOU’. And because we understand that it is not easy to adopt a new lifestyle easily, we at CODS are with you all the way constantly reminding you and motivating to stay on track.
At CODS, we expect to see you at the following intervals:
- 7 – 10 days post-surgery
This visit will include a wound check and dietary counselling to help you transition from liquid to semi solid phase.
- 1 Month follow-up
Nutritional counselling to help ease your transition to a regular diet
The consecutive follow upspost your weight loss surgery lay importance on your nutritional status and dietary intake. We at CODS insist on blood tests at these follow up in order to monitor your nutritional status and advise supplementation as required. A follow up with us without blood reports is as good as no follow at all.
- 3 Month follow-up
- 6 Month follow-up
- 1 Year follow-up
- Yearly follow-up
Post bariatric surgery a follow up ideally includes the following:
- Weight check to monitor weight loss
- Monitoring the blood and radiological investigations
- Reporting abnormal findings to the doctor for further medical management (if needed)
- Dietary intake, hydration status, activity levels
- Monitoring the medications and supplementation
- Modifications made in the diet, physical activity pattern and supplementation
Why is nutritional followup post weight loss surgery so important
Bariatric surgery is a lifestyle surgery! You literally have to learn to eat and drink all over again. This requires patience, commitment and professional advice and this is the very reason why follow upsat CODS are so vital to bariatric surgery and ensures you lose weight faster
Nutritional follow ups help you stay motivated and make sure that you are adjusting to your new lifestyle. It helps nutritionists monitor your progress not only in terms of weight loss but also to keep a check on your nutritional status. In the short term follow ups help you cope up with small changes that you may experience post – surgery. (e.g nausea, bloating, constipation, food intolerances etc.)
In the long term, more emphasis is laid on nutritional status and dietary because patients tend to become a little laid back where supplementation is concerned. A small percentage of weight regain is also expected if daily food intake goes off track (increased intake of sugary or fatty foods) and if physical activity is limited.
So, if you have undergone a weight loss surgery recently with us, we absolutely recommend your schedule a followup today.