When should you contact your healthcare provider if you have had weight-loss surgery?
In the short term, your healthcare team will provide a list of when you should contact the doctor, such as if you:
- Develop a fever.
- Have increasing pain or new pain.
- Have any issues with your incision that point to infection.
- Are constantly vomiting or unable to eat.
- Are extremely constipated.
In the long term, while surgery is helpful in treating diabetes and sleep apnea, it will work best over time if you follow directions about eating, taking vitamins, and exercising. If you develop grazing habits (eating a little bit throughout the day), you may gain weight (without experiencing dumping syndrome).
It is also important to pay attention to other habits that could be problems, like drinking too much, smoking, or using opioids. You should make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have thoughts of suicide.