Weight Loss Surgery Follow-up Care Philosophy
Texas Bariatric Specialists feels that your immediate weight loss is often determined by how well the procedure is performed and the choice of procedure type for a particular patient. However, long term weight loss and maintenance are best achieved with lifelong support.
It is important to stress that if a weight-loss surgery patient chooses not to follow up with their surgeon it could possibly lead to a potentially life-threatening mechanical or nutritional complication. These complications are independent of the type of procedure performed. Lifelong support is required after any type of weight loss surgery, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery (SIPS), and lap band. Possible nutritional complications after weight loss surgery include vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis and protein deficiencies.
Texas Bariatric Specialists is very committed to our aftercare program. Our dedication to this mission is exemplified by our network of clinics within South Texas. We feel that we are able to improve the likelihood for follow-up by bringing expert care from a centralized location like San Antonio to areas where surgical access of this quality is not always available, such as Corpus Christi and Laredo. Our commitment to follow-up care is evidenced by our rapidly growing network of clinics throughout South Texas. Our availability for follow-up has been enhanced by:
- Online patient support groups
- Facebook access
- Text messaging system: https://patient.klara.com
- Practice newsletter
- Local support groups
Support groups are perhaps one of the greatest mechanisms by which patients can learn and exchange information.
You may reserve a support group seat by simply clicking on our monthly calendar found here.