Life After Surgery Diet You will be given detailed instructions on your diet progression after surgery.  In brief, you will start clear liquids the day after your operation.  Once you go home, you will be allowed to start a full liquid diet.  After two weeks you will start a pureed diet.  Four weeks from your surgery date you will be allowed to start eating normal food. Going Back to Work You will be feeling quite well within a week of the operation but this does not mean you will be ready to return to work.  Since you will be losing alot of weight, you may be tired.  You may be struggling to get in enough calories, so it is wise to wait until you are fully recovered before trying to go back to work.  In general, most patients can return to work without restriction in 2-3 weeks. Birth Control & Pregnancy We ask patients to refrain from getting pregnant within the first year after their surgery.  You must be very careful, because many patients who have not been able to get pregnant because of issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome or anovulation, suddenly find that their fertility returns shortly after the surgery.  We therefore ask that you use birth control to make absolutely certain that you do not become pregnant during this first year after surgery.  Enough said. Long-Term Follow-Up Follow-up appointments will be scheduled one week, one month, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months after surgery.  After that we like to see all patients on an annual basis. Support Groups  We offer formal support group meetings on a monthly basis.  We also hold additional special meetings called “Office Chats” on a regular basis.  In addition, we hold regular teleconference support group meetings for our patients who are unable to attend the local meetings.  Please contact the office for details of these meetings; you can also check the schedule posted on this site, as well as on the Yahoo Group or the Facebook Group. Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email:  info@drpleatman.com