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How long does one typically receive bariatric care? Now that I'm at maintenance, I'm curious to know if folks stay with a doctor who focuses on bariatric health. Sometimes I have questions that my current GP can't answer. I could contact the hospital where I had surgery but I'd prefer to see someone face to face. 

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2 hours ago, NerdyLady said:

How long does one typically receive bariatric care? Now that I'm at maintenance, I'm curious to know if folks stay with a doctor who focuses on bariatric health. Sometimes I have questions that my current GP can't answer. I could contact the hospital where I had surgery but I'd prefer to see someone face to face. 

My surgeon basically plans on staying involved in my life forever lol.  She said in her pre-op manual: "Final Note: You require the care of a bariatric surgeon not just before during and after your surgery, but for life. Follow-up is critical to your health and success, so never miss any of your appointments or lab tests! Your primary doctor cannot take care of you from a bariatric surgery standpoint. Follow-up with a bariatric surgeon in addition to your primary doctor is critical for life."

Perhaps there'd be one in your area that would check your labs yearly or something along those lines.

Just throwing things out there...

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3 hours ago, NerdyLady said:

How long does one typically receive bariatric care? Now that I'm at maintenance, I'm curious to know if folks stay with a doctor who focuses on bariatric health. Sometimes I have questions that my current GP can't answer. I could contact the hospital where I had surgery but I'd prefer to see someone face to face. 

I'm currently on three monthly visits still with my surgeon, which after two years drop back to annual visits. Really thankful for this as my GP (aka family doctor) is proving to be completely useless and ill-informed about bariatric surgery patients. My sister who is 3 years out from her WLS, goes back to her surgeon's practice where there are GPs with specialist bariatric experience. She actually suggested that I just see her doctor at that practise when I need to because they technically aren't specialists so no referral required. That practice is a 4 hour drive from me though, so isn't really the best option.

As long as everything is fine with you, then really all mine does at this stage is look at the regular blood test results and give any advice on issues I may have. Many post-op will also have regular dietician visits after surgery until things stabilise, or as necessary. In my experience though these also need to have bariatric experience. Mine doesn't and she's as useless as %$@# on a bull.

Its in your best long term interests NerdyLady to find a bariatric practise that can do your regular checkups for you....even if it isn't the place that did your surgery.

I can also concur with Michael...followups are life long. 

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I went at a year then 18 months now yearly.  I quit going at the three year mark as my nutritionist left and the nurse practitioner couldn't answer my questions.  Found my nutionist and switched surgeon offices after surgery.  I agree with Michael, there are just somethings that my pcp has no answers for.  My pcp refers to me as a difficult patient, lol.  I've had medical issues in the past, now don't have them,, and have had wls.  My surgeon orders a bunch of labs every year, but he knows what he's looking for.  

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You should see a weight loss surgeon on a yearly basis for blood work and a checkup. Ideally, you should have the blood work completed a week before the checkup so that your surgeon has the results.

Most patients find it best to time their normal internal medicine yearly checkup to occur about six months before/after their appointment with a weight loss surgeon so that the blood work is not duplicative. 

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My surgeon does lab work after he sees me for the yearly check up.  Could you hook up with a bariatric surgeon in the states now?  

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I see my bariatric team annually now.

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I do every three months the first year, then it will be once a year starting next May. My surgeon likes do do his own bariatric specific lab testing, and that's fine by me. Maybe finding a WL surgeon local to you would be a good idea :) 

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