Imagine yourself 50 pounds lighter, with lower blood pressure, and able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. Reaching goals like these is possible after bariatric surgery. However, it requires a commitment to eat healthier, exercise more, stay connected with your bariatric team, and recruit supportive family members and friends to help you stay on track.

Recovery after bariatric surgery is different for each person. Having realistic expectations about what you can achieve and allowing yourself time to heal will help you adjust to your new weight loss lifestyle.

You'll need healthy nutrition and fitness habits and positive relationships to help you achieve and maintain your weight loss goals. Celebrating your weight loss success will help you stay on track.

The REALIZE mySUCCESS® Program was designed in consultation with bariatric surgeons, dietitians, and behavior modification specialists to help you achieve and maintain a healthier weight. This Web-based clinical support tool will help you stay committed to your new lifestyle. In fact, it has been shown that REALIZE Band patients who frequently use REALIZE mySUCCESS® lose significantly more weight.* Learn more about the power of REALIZE mySUCCESS®.

To see how bariatric surgery has changed the lives of others and to see weight loss surgery before-and-after pictures, check out these bariatric patient stories.