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Your Weight Loss Journey Has Begun

After your procedure, your surgeon and the team at Alabama Surgical Associates will explain and give you the support you need for optimal post-surgical care and long-term success.

For the best results, it is important to follow our post-operative instructions and to contact us with any questions or concerns. Each procedure has a different recovery time, which can also vary by individual. Generally speaking, people may resume regular activities, such as work, within a few weeks of a laparoscopic procedure. Some patients may resume regular activities even sooner.

Immediately following your procedure you will be on a special, temporary diet to allow healing. The type of diet may differ by procedure, and each patient will be counseled on their specific diet prior to surgery. There will also be life long alterations to your eating habits that are needed to maintain your improved health and weight loss after surgery. Some dietary changes may include changes to eating habits, type of foods and liquids consumed, and the addition of supplements.

Patient Resources

There are many resources to help you maintain your weight loss after surgery. We encourage regular follow up appointments with your surgeon. Nutritional counseling appointments with our experienced dietitian, Tracy Roberts, are also essential for long-term success. We encourage our patients to go to a local weight loss support group to stay on track and meet people who are on the same journey.

We recommend the following local support groups:

Crestwood Support Group

1st Thursday of every month starting at 6pm
Crestwood Medical Center, 1 Hospital Dr. SW. Huntsville, AL 35801

For more information or to confirm meetings please contact:
Caris Cantrell (256) 429-4092

Huntsville Hospital Support Group

1st Thursday of every month starting at 6 pm.
Huntsville Hospital Dowdle Center, 109 Governors Drive SE. Huntsville, AL. 35801

For more information or to confirm meetings please contact:
Huntsville Hospital
(256) 265-4373

Athens Support Group

Time: 1st Tuesday of every month starting at 6 pm.
Location: Athens Limestone Public Library, 603 S. Jefferson St. Athens, AL 35611

For more information or to confirm meetings please contact:
Sandra Lovell
(256) 771-7600

Decatur Support Group

Time: 2nd Monday of every month at 6pm.
Location: Conference Room, Parkway Medical Center Parkway Medical Center, 1874 Beltline Rd. SW. Decatur, AL 35601

For more information or to confirm meetings please contact:
Vicki Ford
(256) 874-4234

Florence Support Group

Time: 1st Monday of every month, times vary.
Location: Adult Center, Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Pkwy. Florence, AL 35633

For more information or to confirm meetings please contact:
Emily Stutts
(256) 577-2294

Patient Management and Follow Up Care

We are committed to restoring and maintaining the health of our patients. After surgery, our practice will arrange a series of follow up visits to measure your health. Our surgeons are also available to provide follow up care for new patients who previously had surgery elsewhere. Additionally, Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman are general surgery specialists, and are available for additional surgical procedures including hernia repairs and gallbladder surgeries.

Post Bariatric Diet E-Store

Supplements are a crucial part of the treatment plan for weight loss surgery patients. Patients take in fewer calories which may lead to lowered vitamin intake, and some procedures can inhibit nutrient absorption. Our doctors and dietitian will give you recommendations for your specific supplemental needs after surgery. We also provide the option to buy supplements and protein approved by our surgeons in the office or online.

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Staying Successful
with Healthy Recipes and Motivation

Successful weight loss requires motivation and support. To help you stay focused on your goals, we share educational and inspirational tips, healthy recipes and patient success stories with our community. Stay connected by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Facebook.