Patients who are most successful with their weight loss make permanent changes to prioritize a healthy and active lifestyle. The surgery is a powerful tool enabling you to lose a significant amount of weight. However, following a healthy, structured eating plan and exercising on most days will ensure that you never regain the weight you lose.
Follow-up appointments are designed to monitor the post-surgery course and provide guidance during the development of new lifestyle behaviors. Frequency is based on individual patient needs.
To assist patients in adapting to a new lifestyle after surgery, support group meetings are extremely beneficial. Team members guide participants in adopting dietary and exercise habits to maximize weight loss and promote optimal long-term health. The meetings allow patients to share personal experiences and concerns and to receive support and guidance from other patients and health care professionals.
Support group meetings are held two times a month at the ValleyCare Weight Loss Center in the ValleyCare Medical Plaza at West Las Positas and Stoneridge in Pleasanton. Meetings are free for our ValleyCare patients.
What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery
At ValleyCare, we have been performing weight loss surgery since 2000. Almost all surgeries are performed laparoscopically, which means that surgical instruments are inserted into the abdomen through tiny incisions. This allows for minimal blood loss and more rapid recovery than traditional, open surgery. Most patients stay in the hospital only one or two nights and are back to work within a few weeks.
Weight loss varies depending upon which procedure is chosen. Most gastric bypass patients will lose approximately 70 to 75% of their excess body weight within one year. In the same time frame, sleeve gastrectomy patients typically lose 58 to 70% of excess weight. LAGB patients will likely lose weight more gradually and less weight overall, but weight loss from all surgeries will improve your health and quality of life.
Many health problems are significantly improved or resolved after weight loss surgery. Most people who have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, reflux or heartburn (GERD), high cholesterol or joint pain will find they need less or no treatment with their post-surgery weight loss.
With weight loss and improved health, better quality of life usually follows. Most people enjoy tremendous improvement in their personal and professional lives.
Patients Reporting Improved Quality of Life
- 94% improvement in physical activities
- 92% improvement in self-esteem
- 75% improvement in social life
- 75% improvement in ability to work