The Importance of Follow-Up Care after Bariatric Surgery
Q&A with Abhiman B. Cheeyandira, MD, MRCS
Abhiman B. Cheeyandira, MD, joined the Mercy Bariatrics team at Nazareth Hospital this summer. Dr. Cheeyandira completed his medical training at Bangalore Medical College in India, followed by basic surgical training at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and residencies at Abington Memorial Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital.
Prior to joining Mercy, Dr. Cheeyandira worked as a trauma and acute care surgeon at Aria Healthcare and completed his fellowship in Advanced Gastrointestinal/Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatrics at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK), the American College of Surgeons, The American Medical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
Q: I had my bariatric surgery. Now what?
Our bariatrics coordinator will follow up with you after your weight-loss surgery. It’s important that you continue to follow proper diet and exercise programs, but also to have blood work checked at least annually to avoid any problems with potential iron or vitamin deficiencies. We will give you a general schedule of recommended follow-up visits as soon as we schedule your surgery date. By giving you this information in the beginning, we hope to ease any nerves and assure you that we will be here every step of the way.
Q: What kind of support is available to patients who undergo bariatric surgery?
It’s important to use the resources offered to you after surgery. For some, the transition to “normal life” will be easy, while with others it will be more challenging. At Mercy, we provide access to our bariatrics coordinator during every stage of the surgery. This doesn’t end after the procedure as is the case in other bariatric programs. We also provide monthly support groups where patients and their loved ones can attend to receive the answers to the questions they might still have and for further guidance. In addition, follow-up meetings with dieticians are available after surgery. And of course, I am available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.
Q: How will I know what’s right for me?
Follow-up is very specific to each patient. We make sure that the plan we set for you is customized to your needs. Your treatment plan will depend on your weight-loss goal, medical conditions and the progress you’ve made. If you’re getting off track, we’ll help you head in the right direction.