What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

Losing weight and getting in shape through diet and exercise alone, while possible, can be a difficult endeavor for some people. This can happen for a number of reasons, including high levels of stress, a slower metabolism, or chemical imbalances. Furthermore, the time it may take to lose weight naturally isn’t always ideal for people who are immediately at risk for heart disease and other medical conditions associated with obesity.

If you find it challenging to lose weight, even after you’ve made positive changes to your diet and incorporating exercise, weight loss surgery may be the perfect solution for you, and, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can help you achieve your goals for health.

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Types of Weight Loss Surgery

There are several types of weight loss procedures, collectively known as bariatric surgery, which can facilitate weight loss for patients dealing with obesity. These weight loss surgeries contribute to weight loss in two main ways: restriction and malabsorption. Surgeries that physically limit the amount of food to your stomach are delivering restriction, while other surgeries which shorten or bypass part of the small intestine are delivering malabsorption.1

The aim of both these types of surgeries is to significantly limit or reduce the number of calories your body absorbs, which leads to an accelerated weight loss.

The common four types of bariatric surgery are as follows:

● Sleeve gastrectomy
● Gastric bypass.
● Gastric banding.
● Duodenal switch procedure

Gastric Sleeve surgery is the most common bariatric surgery according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, it results in a significant long-term weight loss between 60% and 70%. The duodenal switch procedure boasts the highest percentage of weight loss between 60% and 70%, and it is the most effective bariatric surgery against diabetes, but has some of the highest rates of complications.

Factors That Contribute to Weight Loss

The average amount of weight loss you’ll achieve has many factors, including a healthy diet, regular exercise, and changing old habits. No matter which procedure you decide on, it is important to remember that these surgeries are not a quick fix for weight loss. Their purpose is to stimulate weight loss and make it easier for those willing to put in the hard work.

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How Much Weight Loss to Expect :

Depending on which procedure is used, average weight loss per week in the first year is about 2-4 lbs per week, with overall average weight loss of 50-90% of the original excess weight.

This weight loss is fastest in the few first months and it slows down gradually as reaching the healthier weight, with the help of close follow up, and patients’ commitments,  high success rates are reported in many studies.

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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

Sources:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gastric-bypass-surgery/in-depth/weight-loss-surgery/art-20045334
  2. https://obesitynewstoday.com/average-weight-loss-bariatric-surgery/
  3. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/weight-loss-surgery-what-to-expect-the-first-year#1
  4. https://asmbs.org/resources/estimate-of-bariatric-surgery-numbers

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