Ephrata Community Hospital

Life After Weight Loss Surgery 

The majority of weight-loss occurs during the first year after surgery. Although this time is usually very rewarding, it can also be a time of frustration. Follow-up and consultation with your surgeon and bariatric team will be essential to address any concerns or problems you may have. Treatment is a combination of surgery, diet therapy, exercise and fundamental changes in behavior. Success depends on determination to change behaviors and make a commitment to lifelong follow-up. Persons who enjoy long-term success after bariatric surgery have incorporated exercise and a low-fat/low-sugar nutrition plan into their daily lives.

Our clinic provides long-term follow-up and care to all of our patients after surgery. All surgical patients are usually seen around one week after surgery. Gastric bypass patients are then typically seen at 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after surgery and then yearly. Lap-Band patients are typically seen at 4-6 weeks after surgery. Future follow-ups vary depending upon the need for adjustments. Lap-Band patients are typically seen every 6 weeks for the first 6 months, then every 3 months for the first 2 years, then yearly.

For more information, contact the Weight Loss Clinic at 717-336-6578.


Drop Your Drawers Event


HealthWatch Episode 1 - Bariatric Surgery Discussion with Ephrata Community Hospital Physician


HealthWatch Episode 2 - Bariatric Surgery Discussion with Ephrata Community Hospital Physician