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Life after bariatric surgery can be exciting as you make changes to steer you towards a healthier life. It’s important to know what to expect after weight-loss surgery so that you can prepare for what lies ahead.  Learn how to deal with risks and complications following surgery, how to plan meals, and how to plan for pregnancy. 

Surviving Thanksgiving after weight-loss surgery

Your first Thanksgiving holiday after undergoing weight-loss surgery may seem like a major hurdle, especially when one of the best things about Thanksgiving has always been the food! Now, you’ll be faced with watching others eat large portions and treats while you’re stuck with battling cravings and struggling to limit your portion sizes.

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Hair loss after weight-loss surgery

About a third of weight loss surgery patients experience some hair loss due to stress from surgery and extreme changes in diet. Hair loss may begin three to four months after surgery and continue until approximately six months post-op. Some patients have reported losing half their hair during this time.

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Seven Steps for Breast-Feeding Success

Seven Steps for Breast-Feeding Success

Here are seven steps for breast-feeding success:

• If at all possible, wait for your weight to stabilize before becoming pregnant (most experts recommend 12-18 months--ask your health care provider). And be careful, says Phyllis Kombol, RNC, MSN, IBCLC, RLC, and Lactation Consultant at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord, N.C.. Unintended pregnancy is a frequent "complication" of weight loss surgery for women who have had infertility issues. As weight drops off, abnormal hormone patterns often begin to normalize.

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Breastfeeding After Weight Loss Surgery

Breastfeeding After Weight Loss Surgery

If you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you've probably given some thought to breastfeeding — and whether weight loss surgery might affect your ability to breastfeed.

The good news is that most women who've had weight loss surgery can breastfeed afterwards, says Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RD, Chair-elect of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and a national expert on bariatric surgery and women’s health issues.

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What kinds of support programs are available after having lap band surgery?

Receiving post-surgical support is an essential component to success with the Lap-Band. Your clinic should provide you with information on the types of programs it offers for patients after surgery.  Post-surgical programs to help you achieve and sustain weight loss are commonly tailored to each patient’s individual needs and may include the following:

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