What are Some of Your Patients’ Postoperative Expectations

Every one of us has experienced disappointment when reality fails to live up to our expectations. Our mission is to help you develop a realistic understanding of life after bariatric surgery so that you can look forward to a successful outcome with genuine, enduring satisfaction. If you will work with us to prepare in every way possible for your procedure, you can expect an incredibly positive and rewarding experience.

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Dating after Bariatric Surgery: Volume 1

“Bob. Single, professional, 42 y.o., 5’9”, 227 pounds (down from 320 pounds since my VSG last year!), likes long walks on the beach and golden retrievers.”

Would you swipe yes or no? I suppose it depends on the circumstances.

Many of my patients have asked me when they should start dating after bariatric surgery. A subset of those patients have asked how and when to tell others that they have undergone a weight loss procedure. The answer is highly personal, and demands an in-depth discussion of the various approaches.

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Why is weight a casual topic of conversation?

“Did you stop working out?” a co-worker asked me last week in the hospital cafeteria. “You look way too skinny,” said a colleague in the O.R. to me a few months ago.  “You used to look a lot stronger,” a former co-resident said to me at a national meeting of Bariatric surgeons.

Sound familiar? Anyone ever come up to you at work and remark on your weight going up or down? Since when did our weight become an appropriate point of discussion with acquaintances? Okay, so I used to be a lot heavier, and my weight has fluctuated over the years, just like everyone else’s, but what the heck?

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We are a no judgement zone – come see us when you are struggling

I saw a woman in the office yesterday who has been struggling with major life stress, and, as a result, has been gaining weight over the past few years since her surgery. She wanted to come see me years ago, but was embarrassed by her weight gain. Please, do not be embarrassed to come see me. We are all in this fight together, and my Team has some great techniques to help folks get back on track. Stress causes increases in cortisol, which can lead to weight gain. Combined with time constraints limiting access to exercise, and stress eating, weight can begin to creep back. Come see me so we can help each other, and let’s get healthy together!