Bariatric Surgery Patient Resources

The bariatric surgery procedure is just one step in what is ultimately a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle. The Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery Program provides a number of resources to guide patients through the bariatric surgery journey.

No matter where you are at in your personal journey – whether it’s learning more about obesity and obesity-related illness, determining which type of procedure is right for you, or looking for resources to aid in your recovery and diet after surgery, the Michigan Medicine bariatric team is here to help.

Browse the resources below, or contact the bariatric surgery care team at 734-936-5738.

About Obesity and Weight Loss

Obesity is related to a number of health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, arthritis, fatty liver disease, infertility, and certain cancers.

Many individuals struggle to lose weight and have difficulty maintaining weight loss through diet and exercise alone. This video illustrates why it’s so challenging for certain individuals to lose weight.

 

Post-Surgical Resources and Information

Bariatric surgery requires patients to make a lifelong commitment to monitoring their diets, taking vitamins and supplements, exercising most days of the week, and medical follow-up.

Diet and Vitamin Supplementation

Michigan Medicine bariatric surgery patients are prescribed a diet to assist with recovery and help kick-start weight loss. Bariatric surgery patients may find that their tastes, cravings, and tolerances for certain foods have changed. Vitamin supplementation is important to ensure that patients are receiving and absorbing necessary nutrients. Click on the link below to view or the download PDF about diet and vitamin supplementation for bariatric patients:

Exercise

After the initial recovery period, bariatric surgery patients are encouraged to exercise regularly (at least three days per week) in a structured program. Patients should incorporate both cardiovascular and resistance training in order to lose weight and maintain bone density.

Additional Considerations

  • Pregnancy after bariatric surgery: Patients should avoid becoming pregnant for 12-18 months after undergoing bariatric surgery to maximize weight loss and stabilize overall weight. The Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery Program encourages patients to use two forms of birth control during this time period.  After this period, weight loss can potentially improve a patient’s likelihood of becoming pregnant.
  • Excess Skin: Maximal weight loss may result in loose and excessive skin that can cause rashes and infections. Plastic surgery can be performed to remove excess skin, however, patients should check with their insurance carriers to determine if this is a covered benefit.
  • Gallstones: Gallstones may develop during the first six months of rapid weight loss. The Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery Program prescribes Ursodiol® to minimize the likelihood of gallstones and gallbladder attacks.  (This is not necessary for patients who have undergone surgical removal of the gallbladder.)
  • Weight Regain: Studies have shown that it is normal for most people to regain a small amount of weight (5-10%) before stabilizing. Ultimately, long-term weight-loss maintenance is a complex mix of adhering to the appropriate diet and exercise as well as genetics, age, gender, stress and social living conditions. Regular follow-up with the Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery Program allows patients to access resources and identify areas to work on. 

Find Out More and Get Started with the Program

Watch our adult bariatric surgery informational video or schedule a new patient consultation to meet the Michigan Medicine bariatric surgery team and learn more about obesity, bariatric surgery, and the Michigan Medicine program: 734-936-5738.