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5+ years after surgery

At 5 or more years after surgery, your care team is still here to support you. At this point, many people report fully adjusting to post-surgery life.

However, some people report struggling with issues, including:

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies if they forget to take their vitamins and minerals
  • Weight regain and feeling like they have failed
  • Old habits returning (like drinking alcohol) that may be cause for concern
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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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