Long term follow-up

During the first year:

There is a close correlation between weight loss success and patient well-being with aggressive follow-up, especially during the first year after surgery when patient monitoring is most critical.

At these visits, weight loss is monitored, and patients are evaluated for overall health, vitamin levels, medication titration, activity levels, dietary habits, bowel function and hydration status.

First year schedule:

2 weeks 3 months 6 months
4 weeks 4 months 9 months
2 months 5 months 12 months

After the first year:

After the first postoperative year, patients are seen less frequently, generally once or twice a year. However, at these visits, patients should be assessed for nutritional deficiencies, accuracy of their diet, weight maintenance, the presence of symptoms and overall health. Any potential deviation from what is expected often considered as a problem that should be addressed and managed. Commonly these are simple reversible and manageable issues such as dietary non-compliance (patients chronically overeat and/or abuse calorie-dense foods, candies or sweets) or lack of physical activity that could be properly addressed, bringing patient back on the track. Otherwise, revision or conversion to a more radical operation is an option, but carries a higher morbidity than the original procedure.

Schedule after the first year:

18 months 48 months
24 months 60 months
36 months  

Adjustable Gastric Banding follow-up:

After adjustable gastric banding surgery you must undergo regular check-ups as an outpatient. Initially, these check-ups is carried out 6 weeks after surgery followed by a monthly visits. The band will gradually be filled through the injection port during the first 12-18 months following surgery. During this period, your weight loss and level of well-being will be monitored.  Once your weight has stabilized, check-up visits will become less frequent.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is an adjustable gastric band that alters the anatomy of the stomach to help you reduce your food intake.

It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision.


Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the relatively newer types of weight loss surgery.

This surgery can also be referred to medically as gastric sleeve resection, gastric sleeve surgery or tube gastrectomy.


Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) is regarded internationally as the “gold standard” of weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Follow up to 15 years after surgery has shown patients maintain weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.