Despite all of these positive outcomes, you’ll need to develop permanent long-term habits in order to maintain your weight and health goals. And it is next to certain that you will NOT be able to do this on your own; they direct support of family, friends and your weight loss surgery team will be integral to your long-term success.
For example, a recent study of 380 patients found that:3
The more services a patient received after surgery, the greater their percentage of excess weight loss
Patients who completed group exercise sessions and nutritional consultation after surgery lost more weight than did those who did not complete these services
Moreover, if you let your post-surgery habits slip and find yourself putting weight back on, you’ll be more likely to experience a recurrence of your former health problems. For example, most patients with diabetes experience a complete remission of the disease following bariatric surgery. But one out of five of these patients see their diabetes return, due in part to having a higher body weight as time goes on following surgery.4
The following sections dive into the importance of diet and exercise during life after weight loss surgery.
One final important note about long-term health… be
mindful of abdominal pain. Bariatric
surgery complications can develop at any
time, so if you notice anything that feels a little “off”, play it safe
and schedule a visit with your surgeon.
Get ready for some significant changes to both what you eat
and how you
Don’t worry… it may not be as hard as it sounds. Many
find that their unhealthy food cravings completely go away, plus your
new stomach will cause you to feel full much sooner than before surgery.
YOUR Weight Loss Journey
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If you get pregnant after bariatric surgery, there are some
you’ll need to do differently than you would have before surgery. In
general, pregnancy and child birth after weight loss surgery are much
safer than they are if you are obese.
weight loss support will
drastically improve your chances of reaching and maintaining your
weight loss goals, but only if you choose to work with the best
websites. We have reviewed them all and have good news… the best
options are all free. If you want to jump straight to a specific online weight loss support category, click one of the following:
Relationship changes are another great reason to participate
in a bariatric
group. These changes often go overlooked by people
bariatric surgery, and they can be both positive and negative depending
on the situation.
You’ll be healthier, you’ll feel better and you’ll look better
weight loss surgery. For many patients, that’s all they could want or
But the extra skin that many patients have following surgery
to consider reconstructive plastic surgery. In addition to improving your appearance,
patients often take this route for medical reasons including rashes and
problems maintaining hygiene between the skin folds.
The most common parts of the body to receive reconstructive plastic surgery following weight loss surgery are…
As we’ve discussed, offline
support groups are a
to get first-hand testimony of every stage of pre- and post-bariatric
surgery life… both before and after you begin the journey.
If possible, talk with patients who were treated by your
give you an understanding of what to expect. The best bariatric doctors can
usually refer you to support groups that their patients attend.
Stacy A Brethauer, Bipan Chand and Philip R Schauer. Risks and benefits of bariatric surgery: current evidence. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine 2006; 73(11):993-1007; doi:10.3949/ccjm.73.11.993.
* Bariatric Surgery Source is not affiliated with and was not involved in the creation of the videos on this page.
Jessica C. Peacock, Sam J. Zizzi. Survey of bariatric surgical patients’ experiences with behavioral and psychological services. Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery 9 December 2011 (Article in Press DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2011.11.015)
Type 2 Diabetes Cured by Weight Loss Surgery Returns in One-Fifth of Patients. The Endocrine Society. Press Release 6/24/12. Avail at: http://www.endo-society.org/media/press/2012/Type-2-Diabetes-Cured-by-Weight-Loss-Surgery-Returns-in-One-Fifth-of-Patients.cfm
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*Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is provided for general information purposes and your specific results may vary depending on a variety of circumstances. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice. Rather, it is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician(s). Before you use any of the information provided in the site, you should seek the advice of a qualified medical, dietary, fitness or other appropriate professional.