Preparation & Recovery

Weight loss surgery — preparation and recovery

Before scheduling you for weight loss surgery, we make every effort to prepare you psychologically and physically for the changes it will bring about in your life. To successfully lose the weight and improve their health, Santa Barbara, California weight loss surgery patients must make a lifelong commitment to lifestyle change and follow-up visits. If you’re willing to make the effort, the benefits to you can be immeasurable.

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    I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience such an amazing change to my life
    — LG

  • Preparing for surgery

    If both you and Dr. Thoman agree that surgery is appropriate for you, he will give you personalized instructions for preparation, which often include:

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  • Recovery and aftercare

    Your recovery from weight loss surgery will depend on your initial physical condition and the type of surgery you’ve undergone, either LAP-BAND® or gastric bypass. After your procedure, you will need to follow a post-operative diet that begins with liquids, transitions to pureed foods, and ends up with solid foods. This progression gives your body time to heal and adjust to its new state.

  • Mission Statement

    We're here to help you through this challenging time as you consider your options for a healthier lifestyle. Our goal is to provide sage and effective modern care in an environment of support and compassion. We strive to give you confidence in our techniques and comfort in our care.
  • Important aftercare and long-term lifestyle changes often include:

    • Follow-up appointments
    • Dietary restrictions
    • Vitamin supplements
    • Support groups

    Dr. Thoman will carefully review all necessary recovery and aftercare requirements with you before and after your surgery to help you achieve your goals of reaching a healthy weight and living a happier, more fulfilling life.