As you begin your New Life it is not uncommon for you to experience unexpected emotions and feelings. One of the first thoughts is often, “Oh my, I have made a terrible mistake!” or “What have I done?” This is a perfectly natural response to any sudden change. Fortunately, this is a transient feeling. As recovery proceeds and you find that you have already lost 15-20 pounds in only two weeks…. you begin to realize that this time it is really going to work for you!
Another often unspoken fear is that the surgery won’t work for you. This is understandable because nothing has ever provided lasting weight loss for you even though you have tried everything before coming to the New Life Center.
Your concerns will quickly fade and most patients look forward to weighing for the first time in their life! You will see rapid improvement in your Comorbid Conditions with decreasing medication requirements at the same time. This is a dynamic process and at the New Life Center, we have developed a program of After Care designed to adjust to your individual needs. Our in house psychologist is here to help you with any emotional or compliance issues that may arise.
In the early days after surgery as medical needs are quickly changing, our Nurse Practitioner will work closely with your primary care physician and other medical specialist to ensure that your medical conditions are safely treated.
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You will also have frequent visits with our Bariatric Certified Registered Dietitian who will advance your diet as you heal using food choices she knows you like. You will also work with our experienced Exercise Physiologist who will guide you in safely progressing your exercise frequency, duration and intensity given your particular limitations and health concerns.
Regarding weight loss expectations there is a typical rate of weight loss associated with each surgical option. Generally, the higher you’re starting BMI the more rapid the initial weight loss, but the Percentage of Excess Weight Loss is fairly consistent. See the table below.
|BMI 40-50 starting weight||1Mo.||3Mo.||6Mo.||12Mo.|
|Adjustable Gastric Band||10%||21%||32%||45%|
|Roux En Y Gastric Bypass||17%||35%||52%||75%|
|Biliary Pancreatic Diversion||18%||37%||60%||85%|
It is extremely exciting! But do not let ANYONE tell you that it is easy or that you took the easy way out. People who say that are clearly ignorant!!!! The success you will have on your journey to your New Life is well earned and the compassionate staff at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is here to help you every step of the way.
Lifelong support is available through the New Life Center’s program of Support Groups. There you will receive emotional support and ongoing education from successful patients and professional staff. People who routinely attend Support Groups maintain better weight loss and have fewer complications!
Bariatric Surgery patients undergo dramatic changes in their bodies, life and health. New Life Center patients have unlimited access to our aftercare program for 12 months to ensure a safe and successful transition to their New Life. Follow up visits at two weeks, one month, three months, six months and 12 months are expected. The New Life Center patients rarely have to go to the emergency room or be readmitted to the hospital. This is a result of the excellent pre-operative preparation with the Multidisciplinary team and because patients have access 24 hours a day to the experienced Bariatric Registered Nurse Coordinators for medical questions by cell phone (no going through pagers or answering services!). This immediately available source of expert guidance is invaluable and only available to New Life Center patients.
Adjustable Gastric Banding patients will also be followed for life in the Adjustable Gastric Band Evaluation Clinic. Frequency and timing of adjustments is individualized. AGB patients will require upper endoscopy to rule out erosion of the band periodically.
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Turkey Creek Medical Center
10810 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934