What to Expect Before, During and After Weight Loss Surgery

Knowing what to expect can make your weight loss surgery experience much more comfortable.

Before Weight Loss Surgery

Once you and your physician have determined which weight loss procedure is best for you, you’ll learn how to prepare for surgery. Premier Weight Loss Solutions physicians and staff will provide education and answer your questions so you can feel at ease about everything that will happen. You’ll meet with a physician and dietitian to discuss what lifestyle and dietary changes you’ll need to make before surgery.

Steps to take before surgery typically include: 

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat adequate protein
  • Omit high-calorie foods and junk food
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Eliminate tobacco products
  • Begin a physical activity program

You may also need to have certain lab tests and exams performed to ensure that you are able to safely undergo surgery. 

During Weight Loss Surgery

The specific details of weight loss surgery vary depending on your individual situation. This includes the type of procedure being performed, and the practices of your hospital and doctor. However, there are some standard practices that apply to all procedures:

  • All weight loss surgeries with Premier Weight Loss Solutions are performed at Miami Valley Hospital. You will receive general anesthesia and be asleep throughout the procedure. 
  • Weight loss surgery usually takes several hours.
  • After surgery, a medical team of nurses and doctors will monitor you for any complications.
  • You’ll remain in the hospital for one to two days to recover.

After Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix to achieve your goal weight. It’s a tool. It requires many lifestyle changes to be successful. The physical changes your surgeon will make to your digestive system will significantly aid your weight loss process.


You will begin with an all-liquid diet, progress to ground-up or soft foods, and finally move on to regular foods within about 12 weeks. 

The decreased amount of food you will be able to eat will help you eat less, but the type and nutritional quality of your diet also needs to change. Since the amount of food you can eat each day is a fraction of what it was before surgery, everything you eat must have high nutritional value. Your dietitians will provide you with detailed instructions about what your diet should be at every stage after your surgery.

Follow-up Care

In the first several months following weight loss surgery, you will see your doctor frequently to monitor your health. Follow-up care may include laboratory testing, blood work and various exams.

It can be difficult to be successful without a social support system. Maintaining a relationship with your weight loss team can be invaluable following your surgery. They will monitor your progress, encourage you and offer advice.

Ongoing Support

We recommend you attend support groups routinely to develop tools to ensure lifelong success with weight loss. Support groups offer compassion and empathy from other people going through similar experiences.

Positive Results

Many of our patients share that bariatric surgery has improved their self-esteem, their health and the quality of their lives.

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