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Ongoing Care After Surgery

We’re With You Every Step of the Way

AtlantiCare is committed to helping patients long after they leave the hospital – with special programs and services geared specifically for people who have had weight loss surgery.

Physician Follow-up and Care

Regular visits with your surgeon are important for monitoring your overall physical health and your progress in achieving your weight loss goals. The frequency of these office visits will depend on the type of procedure you have had (either gastric bypass or LAP-BAND®) and other factors. Your surgeon will provide information regarding your checkup schedule.

Before follow-up visits, please contact your surgeon’s office to get prescriptions for the routine lab tests you will need to have performed, such as blood work. These tests help your doctor evaluate your current physical condition and assist him in making appropriate recommendations for your care.

To request an appointment – or get information regarding office location, phone number and business hours, click a physician’s name below:

Important note: Gastric Bypass patients need to have lab testing every year for the rest of their lives to check important blood levels. These tests include:CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel), CBC (Complete Blood Count), Lipid Profile (cholesterol), B12 level, folate level, Iron level, Vitamin A level, Zinc level, Vitamin D (25-Hydroxy) level, Ionized Calcium level, and Magnesium level.  If for some reason you are unable to follow up with your bariatric surgeon, PLEASE have your Primary Care Physician order these tests for you. In addition, it is a good idea to have a Dexa (Bone Density) Scan to detect osteoporosis. Since Gastric Bypass patients have a malabsorption factor with their procedure, it may make them more prone to osteoporosis.  All of these test can be ordered with a diagnosis code of 579.9 (malabsorption).

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Diet

Following the program’s dietary regime, as explained by the nutritionist before and after surgery, is essential to both losing weight and properly nourishing your body. AtlantiCare also offers these resources to help you stay on course.

  • Dietary Consultation: Our nutritionists are available to meet with you and address your questions and concerns.
  • Atlantic Coast Living Fit: This program, headquartered at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, helps achieve weight loss goals through:
  • Weekly classes with specific how-to's of weight loss taught by trained health educators;
  • Personal weight loss coaches providing support and encouragement;
  • Meal plans with nutritionally complete shakes and entree

For more information, visit the Atlantic Coast Living Fit web site or call (609) 677-6980.

Recipes: A wide array of recipes focusing on healthier ingredients and providing detailed nutritional information, including calorie, protein, fat and carbohydrate content, may be found on the internet including on Cooking Light magazine’s searchable recipe database (www.cookinglight.com). Cooking Light recipes tend to focus on healthier ingredients and provide detailed nutritional information, including calorie, protein, fat and carbohydrate content.

Important Note: Always review a recipe’s nutritional content to make sure it is consistent with your diet progression and be sure to ask your nutritionist if you have any questions. AtlantiCare is not affiliated with Cooking Light and makes no representations regarding any recipes found therein.

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Exercise

Being active not only helps you lose weight, it also makes you feel better physically and mentally. To get started – and stay motivated – many of our patients turn to AtlantiCare LifeCenter, which offers comprehensive fitness services, including a special weight loss program. Tailored exercise instruction, nutritional counseling, spa-like amenities and many other features help care for your mind, body and spirit. In addition, AtlantiCare’s surgical weight loss patients qualify for special membership discounts.

The AtlantiCare LifeCenter offers discounted membership options for Bariatric Surgery patients. More information »

Exercise Tip: Visit the Thera-Band web site (http://thera-bandacademy.com/) and download a free Thera-Band Instructional Manual. The site also features exercise programs.

Important Note: Always consult your physician before beginning any type of exercise program. AtlantiCare is not affiliated with Thera-Band and makes no representations regarding any exercises or instructions contained therein.

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Emotional Support

Surgical weight loss – and the many physical and emotional changes that come with it – are too difficult to deal with alone. At AtlantiCare, you will find a community of caring individuals – people with whom you can share your problems and concerns and who understand what you are going through.

AtlantiCare patients are strongly encouraged to take part in our monthly support group meetings, which bring together people in various stages of weight loss surgery and recovery. These meetings are open to anyone who has had weight loss surgery, regardless of where the procedure was performed.

As an AtlantiCare patient undergoing weight loss surgery, you must receive a psychological evaluation before the procedure to ensure that you are a good surgical candidate. Your psychologist is also a valuable resource after surgery for dealing with emotional issues.

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