Dr.Chirag Thakkar

What determines lifelong maintenance of weight loss after a bariatric surgery?

Being committed and responsible for your own health is the most important determinant for lifelong maintenance of weight loss and good health.

We have seen that those who follow up regularly and religiously maintain their weight loss and health. Those who do not come for follow up even when it is free is possible on phone or video call even after reminders from the clinic, show that they are very casual about their health. It shows that health is not at all a priority for them, and these are the patients who either regain weight or land up with nutritional deficiencies.

It is not uncommon to see patients missing their follow up visits or postponing it for trivial and insignificant reasons, let’s call them excuses. I strongly urge all my patients to be very religious and punctual about the follow-ups.

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Finally, a healthy way of living is the most crucial determinant. How can surgery be an alternative to a healthy lifestyle? Bariatric surgery treats your obesity and related problems and brings you back as close to normal health as possible. But to maintain that you have to share the responsibility with your bariatric surgeon. Your job is to follow the healthy lifestyle and your surgeon’s job is to guide you, motivate you and remind you to do so. Discussion regarding different aspects of a healthy lifestyle is an important aspect of follow up visits and hence they are very important.