What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

At Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, we understand that considering weight loss surgery is an important decision. Studies show that if you need to lose 80 pounds or more your chance of success with diet and exercise is less than 2%.

Weight loss surgery is the only proven approach with long term success and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has been offering it longer than any central coast hospital. The following videos were made for patients to review.

Introduction and General Information

David Thoman, MD, bariatric surgeon and Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Cottage Health offers a few tips for making the next 6 weeks or so breeze by while you are dropping around 40 pounds on average after surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery & When to Call Your Doctor

You had your procedure. You stayed in the hospital and now you’re ready to go home. The question which comes over and over from my patients is, when should I call? How will I know when something is wrong? Farida Bounoua, MD, answers these important questions and more.

Lifestyle Changes Needed for Success

Marc Zerey, MD, discusses lifestyle changes you will need to make to be successful now that you've had weight-loss surgery. 

Hydration and Medication

Julie Eggli, RN, talks about adequate hydration and medication administration during your recovery. 

Diet and Nutrition

Jeannee Diaz, RN, emphasizes the importance of working through the four stage recovery diet that takes place in the two months following surgery. 

Qué Esperar Después de la Cirugía Bariátrica

a woman holding out her jeans to indicate weight loss

La operación para bajar de peso es el único enfoque que ha demostrado tener éxito a largo plazo y Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital ha estado ofreciéndola más tiempo que cualquier hospital de la costa central.

Vídeos en Español

Finding a Weight-Loss Program Where the Weight Stays Off

Cottage Heart & Vascular Center Patient - Hank

You’d never know it to see him now, but for most of Hank’s life, he struggled with weight issues. 

Wanting to break the cycle of ups and downs, Hank found the Cottage Center for Weight Loss Surgery. “There were a lot of options out there,” Hank said. “But I knew Cottage was the right place for me.”

Hank's Story

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