Bariatric Surgery Postoperative Care

All bariatric-surgery patients are required to have regular follow-up appointments to make sure weight loss occurs in a healthy, consistent manner and to avoid minor complications that can develop into major complications without proper supervision and guidance. Vitamin levels are also checked and monitored regularly.

Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap-Band)

You'll typically undergo band adjustments every eight weeks during the first year, then twice a year, then annually with a registered dietitian, an experienced bariatric physician assistant, or a bariatric surgeon.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

You'll typically visit a registered dietitian, an experienced bariatric physician assistant, or a bariatric surgeon every three months for the first year, then twice a year, then annually

Gastric Bypass

You'll typically visit a registered dietitian, an experienced bariatric physician assistant, or a bariatric surgeon every three months for the first year, then twice a year, then annually.

Support Group

UT Southwestern also sponsors a Bariatric Support Group for those who have had weight-loss surgery. The group can help you through the emotional experiences and lifestyle changes that are part of an effective weight-loss program.