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Bariatric Surgery

Body Changes

What happens to my skin after bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery will help you lose weight. But after a lot of weight loss, you may find that you have loose skin. If you have loose skin, it’s important to keep it clean and dry, especially between skin folds.

Some people find it helpful to use certain types of clothing to support loose skin. This includes bicycle shorts or body shapers made out of breathable fabric. Other people may choose to have loose skin removed by surgery. Surgery to remove loose skin is not always covered by Alberta Health Care Insurance so you may need to pay for this surgery yourself. Talk to your healthcare team about resources and ways to manage loose skin if it becomes a challenge for you.

What happens if I start gaining weight after bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a treatment but not a cure for obesity. Some people regain some of their weight around 2 to 5 years after surgery.

If you start to gain weight after bariatric surgery, you may need to follow up with your healthcare team. You may also find it helpful to think about the tools and strategies that worked for you in the past to help you manage your weight.

What physical activity can I do after bariatric surgery?

An important part of a having a healthy lifestyle is to move every day. Find activities that you enjoy and look for resources in your community to help you get active in a way that works for you. Talk to your healthcare team about physical activity and what activities you can do after bariatric surgery.

How will I feel about changes to my body?

Many people who have bariatric surgery are happy with the changes to their body. But some people may find the changes to their body are harder to adjust to than they expected. There is a mental health team at the clinic whenever you need support. Talk to your healthcare team if you have feelings of sadness, anxiety, disappointment, or other feelings that you didn’t think would happen after surgery.​

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