The endocrine system is a collection of glands that regulate metabolism, growth, development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep mood, and more. Part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland, is often associated with a person’s metabolism and weight gain or loss. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and metabolism is important to your overall well-being.


Preparing for bariatric surgery

  • 3-9 months of supervised weight loss attempts
    • Monthly visits with a primary care provider or dietician specifically dedicated to weight loss.
    • Varies by insurance carrier
  • Medical clearance from your PCP
  • Clearance from medical specialists (heart, lung, or diabetes doctors)
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Sleep study
  • Lab work
  • Attendance at support group or bariatric exercise program

After Surgery

  • Most patients spend 1-2 nights in the hospital after surgery.
  • On the night of surgery, you will be able to drink and walk around.
  • Most return to work in 2-4 weeks.
  • The only restrictions following surgery will be on your diet (slow progression from liquids to solid food over 4-6 weeks) and heavy lifting (no > 10 lbs).
  • Long-term follow-up with Bariatric team (surgeon, psychology, dietician, and yearly lab-work) every 3 months for the first year and yearly thereafter. (There’s a table in the attached seminar)