Published June 2017

To date, physical activity and exercise guidelines have not been developed specifically for patients who have had bariatric surgery. However, a variety of published studies have investigated physical activity and exercise patterns in patients post-operatively and have stressed the importance of beginning physical activity counseling even prior to surgery. A sample of such studies are provided in this bucket; however, we encourage you to seek out additional resources. New programs should consider developing a protocol for recommending physical activity early and often based on patients’ individual needs and abilities, and informed by national guidelines [we have provided links to these national guidelines, but please note that these are not specific to bariatric patients].