Understanding your options and preparing for surgery
Bariatric surgery is one option that can help you achieve and maintain weight loss results. However, there are several steps in the process before you will be ready for surgery.
At your first visit, your care team will meet with you to assess your unique circumstances and talk through your options. The Metabolic/Bariatric Clinic team will meet with you monthly before surgery and weekly to monthly after surgery. A typical timeline is 9-12 months of appointments before surgery, but we will tailor your schedule to your specific circumstances.
Adjusting your diet and lifestyle
We will help you gradually adjust to the diet and lifestyle changes that are necessary for success after surgery, including:
- Understanding your body and its signals related to hunger, thirst and sleep.
- Increasing the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Increasing your water intake goal to 80-100 ounces each day.
- Building a daily schedule and tracking your day in a way that works best for you.
- Evaluating your exercise needs to help you manage stress, improve overall health (including heart and liver health), and decrease hunger.
- Working with a dietitian to learn about the diet before surgery as well as your post-surgical diet plan progression.
Support and follow-up care
Most people need counseling with a behavioral health specialist to help with the many changes to your life surrounding bariatric surgery and address any other mental health needs.
Our most successful kids are those who continue with follow-up appointments in the long term. While surgery is an important step in your journey, we will continue to care for you as long as needed after surgery, often for 3-5 years or until age 23.
Your care team at the Metabolic/Bariatric Clinic will typically include:
- A pediatric and adult obesity certified physician
- A pediatric and bariatric certified registered dietitian
- A pediatric psychologist
- A social worker
- An exercise physiologist
- A bariatric surgeon