Dr. Bhoyrul explains why follow-up with the surgeon after a bariatric procedure is necessary for weight loss success.
Follow-up is everything. In fact there have been many, many studies published comparing bands and bypass and sleeves and many other surgeries. And in all of the surgeries, in all of the studies the one thing that came across that people who went back to see their doctor more often in the first year had a much better result five years down the line.
We know simply this – if you remain accountable to your doctor, if you go in every month for a few months and then may be three months, six months, twelve months, eighteen months, twenty four months and every year for the rest of your life, you are going to get a better result.
Because you will have the tools, you will have the education necessary to look out for things that could defeat the surgery, to look out for side effects and to take advantage of all of the latest, greatest knowledge that we have in the office of how to best use the tool that has been implanted in you. So follow up is key and we know that scientifically as well as anecdotally.
About Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, M.D.:
Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, M.D., is the award-winning surgeon in charge of the bariatric surgery program at La Jolla Weight Management. He is a fellowship-trained specialist in laparoscopic surgery and an attending surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California and Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. Previously, Dr. Bhoyrul was the head of general surgery and surgical director of bariatric surgery at the Scripps Clinic. Each year since 2005, Dr. Bhoyrul has been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He was also honored with San Diego’s “Top Doctor” award for 2008.