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2 to 4 years after surgery

By 2 to 4 years after surgery, you have settled into a new post-surgery life. At this time, some people may start to consider family planning and pregnancy because they are safely 18 to 24 months post-surgery. Some are also considering excess skin removal surgery.

Some people report struggling with issues, including:

  • Regaining weight
  • Old habits returning (like drinking alcohol) that may be cause for concern
  • Hormonal effects of surgery decreasing and feeling hungrier
  • Life events that happen and get you off track
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If you are struggling with any issues like weight regain, depression, medication issues, or unexpected side effects, reach out to your care team as soon as possible

Behavior change is a lifelong journey and your care team is here to support you. 

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Go to all your follow-up appointments to help your care team monitor your recovery

Contact your health care team if you aren’t sure when your follow-up appointments are scheduled.

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Follow the post-surgery meal plan designed to support your recovery

During this phase, you will be in stage 8 (healthy meal plan for life). Check out stage-specific recipes.

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Make sure to take your vitamin and mineral supplements as recommended

Follow the Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Guide. If you are struggling with your vitamins and minerals, reach out to your care team. We can work with you to find alternatives.

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Find a movement routine that you enjoy and can keep up

Explore some simple exercise videos.

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Consider attending a Kaiser Permanente support group to continue building skills, learning from peers, and getting the support you need

Check out the support groups to find one that works for you.

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