Surgery is only one component of reaching your desired weight loss goal—diet and exercise are key, too. Following surgery at the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at North Suburban Medical Center, you will need to adhere to specific dietary and exercise recommendations to ensure that your bariatric surgery procedure is successful.

For more information about bariatric surgery or to register for our free weight loss surgery seminar, please call (303) 920-4362.

Upon determining if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, you will have comprehensive support from our team, including one-on-one consultations with our bariatric surgeon and registered dietician.

These consultations are to discuss which procedure may be best for you and to ensure you understand the post-bariatric surgery lifestyle changes and commitments required to reach your weight loss goals.

Below are several lifestyle changes you will need to take into consideration when thinking about having weight loss surgery.

Nutritional supplements

Protein supplements, including daily vitamins and minerals, will be necessary for the rest of your life.

Bariatric diet

Specific post-bariatric surgery diets vary depending upon the procedure you undergo. However, an important nutritional element is the amount of food that you consume following surgery. Now that your stomach is smaller, the amount of food you eat will be greatly reduced.

With a smaller stomach, the food that you do eat needs to provide maximum nutrition.

After weight loss surgery, your diet will progress from a liquid diet to a pureed diet, to a soft diet and then to a modified regular diet.

We have found that over time, our patients’ attitudes toward eating changes—patients begin to eat to live instead of living to eat.

Exercise regimen

Following recovery from bariatric surgery, regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training must be part of your daily routine. Exercise is critical to helping you reach your weight loss goal.

Bariatric surgery support group

Research shows that regular support group attendance is important to successful surgical weight loss treatment. That is why North Suburban sponsors free support groups for people who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. All group sessions are facilitated by a licensed healthcare professional.

Join the support group on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. All sessions take place in North Suburban's basement classrooms in Thornton.

Please call (303) 779-9355 for more information about our bariatric surgery support group.