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.

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:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Support group meetings for 2018
    • Lompoc
    • Pismo Beach
    • Santa Barbara
  • All class schedules for 2018
  • Weight loss surgery information seminars
  • Weight loss surgery nutrition seminar
  • Diet restrictions
  • Exercise program
  • Information about the day of surgery

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.

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.