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Comprehensive Bariatric Program

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   1. Get the Facts
   2. Get Your Free Evaluation
   3. Get to Know Us
   4. Get Feedback [Message Board]
   5. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Surgery
   6. Get Back on Your Feet
   7. Get Your Life Back!

Healthy Weight

A healthy weight is the weight your body naturally settles into when you consistently eat a nutritious diet, are physically active, and balance the calories you eat with the physical activity you do.

But weight is only one measure of your health. People who are thin, but don't exercise or eat nutritious foods aren't necessarily healthy just because they are thin. A person who is overweight according to body mass index (BMI) charts may be healthy if he or she eats a variety of healthy foods and exercises regularly.

How much you eat is not the only determinant of your weight. Your age, metabolism, genetics, and physical activity level also play an important role in your weight, health, and risk for disease. So it's important that you avoid comparing yourself to others and that you determine the lifestyle changes you need to make to maintain a healthy weight.
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Get Back on Your Feet

Starting Now

So, you’ve had your surgery and reached a level of recovery where you can return home. In the hospital, your diet and daily routine were managed by our bariatric team. Once you’ve been released to go home, the choices are yours to make.

No one is saying that the next steps are easy, but with the level of pre-education and counseling you’ve received from Sarasota Memorial – combined with your own motivation to change – you are well armed to keep your recovery moving in the right direction.

You are making a life-long commitment to change, so here are some key things to keep top-of-mind now, as you get back on your feet – and in the long-term, as you get on with the rest of your life:

Diet and behavior modifications are instrumental to sustaining weight loss after surgery. The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits that you must follow for successful weight loss. Because each surgeon may perform the procedure differently, post-surgery dietary guidelines may vary. What is most important is that you adhere strictly to your surgeon's recommended guidelines. Some of the most basic of these include:

  • Remember to chew thoroughly when you start eating solid food.
  • Avoid fluids while eating (drinking fluids makes you feel full before you have consumed enough food)
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Omit these food/drink items:
        Carbonated drinks
        High-calorie nutritional supplements
        High-fat foods
        High-fiber foods
        Milk shakes
  • Limit snacking between meals

Going Back to Work
Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will vary according to your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of weight loss surgery you had. Many patients return to full pre-surgery levels of activity within six weeks of their procedure. Patients who have had a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure may be able to return to these activities within a few weeks.

Birth Control & Pregnancy
It is strongly advised that women of childbearing age use the most effective forms of birth control during the first 16 to 24 months after weight loss surgery. The added demands pregnancy places on your body and the potential for fetal damage make this a most important requirement.

Long-Term Follow-Up

Although the short-term effects of weight loss surgery are well understood, there are still questions to be answered about the long-term effects on nutrition and body systems. Sarasota Memorial's Bariatric Team is committed to offering long-term nutrition, exercise and emotional support. Nutritional deficiencies that occur over the course of many years sre still being studied. Over time, you will need periodic checks for anemia (low red blood cell count) and Vitamin B12, folate and iron levels. Follow-up tests will initially be conducted every three to six months or as needed, and then every one to two years.

Monthly Bariatric Support Group Meetings
Many successful weight loss surgery patients say that their support network helped them immensely in maintaining their new healthy lifestyle changes. From family and friends to bariatric program support groups, there are many options available for people interested in weight loss surgery.

In addition to surgery, Sarasota Memorial's support groups provide the long-term support needed to help you make a comprehensive lifestyle change. You’ll hear about successes, frustrations, plateaus, and special moments, and have a chance to share your own experiences. You will develop relationships that can contribute to improved physical and emotional health.

The support group is free and open to the public the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m.   Location: Sarasota Memorial Care Center at Blackburn Point, 929 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. No registration is needed. Call the HealthLine at (941) 917-7777 for more information.

Eating Healthy for Life
The Eating Healthy for Life weight loss program assists individuals in developing skills to lose weight and keep it off. We offer a comfortable, supportive environment with information on menu planning, grocery shopping, restaurant eating, emotional eating and exercise. We help you pinpoint your individual trigger points and barriers. We offer skills that help you overcome obstacles and control your eating. Participants are offered a monthly support group. If you are serious about making lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off, call us. We can help. 

Offered at Sarasota Memorial Main Hospital Campus, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Call for more information: HealthLine (941) 917-7777.


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do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Public Relations Offices by phone or in writing:
1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34239 | 941-917-9000 or 800-764-8255.
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