Weight gain after gastric sleeve surgery

by Raymond
(McCallen, Tx, USA)

I went into surgery at 330 lbs - when I went under for surgery I thought I was having gastric bypass. During surgery it came to be known that my intestines were positioned wrong for the surgery, so I had to settle on a gastric sleeve instead.

It was awesome at first. I lost 100 lbs in one year. Then it all came down: I found out I had cancer, lost my job, had marital problems... all my old eating habits came back. Stress and alcoholism went right along with it.

I did the atkins diet, but it's hard when your family is not doing it and the wife encourages "cheat weekends", which is how it started.

I am slowly gaining weight and 14 months after surgery I weigh 260 lbs. I am depressed and hungry all the time.

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Don't lose hope...
by: Yvonne McCarthy (Bariatric Girl)

I am out of town but will check back with you. Would you consider attending AA? Many of us cross addict and AA can give you some tools that will help with alcohol and food.

The sleeve is an excellent surgery (I had gastric bypass) but there is so much more to this than surgery. You need some tools to get into recovery right away. Bless your heart. I'm so sorry you're struggling. Let me know what you think about giving AA a chance. Hugs, Y

by: Waning Woman

Right now, you're floundering in the dark and it's hard to put one foot in front of the other. I cannot begin to understand the pain that you felt with your cancer diagnosis and loss of job, but I know that something like that can take down anybody at anytime.

You are no different than me or the millions of us with weight loss surgery, I just haven't had to face your challenges.

I'm no expert, but I think that talking about it is an enormous step. Find a weight loss surgery support group and you will be surprised how many people will share your tale of life challenge and transferring to another addiction.

I have the sleeve and we are almost the same amount of time out. The good thing is although you may feel broken, your tool is not broken. Your sleeve hasn't gone anywhere. You already know that low carb works for you, so if possible get all non low carb foods out of the house.

When I am struggling, my husband eats carbs on his lunch break at work, NEVER at home. You are going through a lot, so you will have to pull together as a family to make this happen. You just gotta do it. You CAN do it.

Waning Woman

We are here to support you!
by: Traci (Bariatric Life Coach)

My heart goes out to you for the struggles you have faced in your life. Many of us struggle with food on one level or another and at different times in our lives. Food has always been a comfort to many of us and life altering events after surgery can lead us down the slippery slope of returning to our own behaviors.

Do you have a dietician from your program that you can reach out to? I would encourage you to find a weight loss surgery support group where you are comfortable, can be honest and you will meet others going through the same type of issues. We all have weight gain at some point post operatively. Other areas of support would be Overeaters Anonymous and alcoholics Anonymous.

Transfer addictions can get very serious and I encourage you to seek professional help. This is very common in our WLS community. There is a blog post from a psychologist that I have worked with many times so please do feel free to go out and read it. You can find a link to my blog on the right side of this website. It's listed under Bari Bits.

Please know that we are here for you. Reach out to your WLS community of friends for help.

I wish you the best of luck and please let me know if there is anything I can do! Best of luck and remember to think positive, look how far you have come and take some time to reflect on why you started this journey.

Back on Track?
by: Anonymous

Hello...I too had surgery a year ago. I also had the gastric sleeve. Weighing in at 260 on surgery date...I have since lost 80 pounds. I can tell you that I too have started cheating and have found myself gaining a few pounds here and there. It's hard to get back on track but I refuse to give up. As I hope that you don't give up either. Make it a point to put yourself first. If you give yourself 30 minutes a day to take a brisk walk...that will help. Choose to make good choices one meal at a time and before you know it you will be back on track. Best of luck to you!

weight gain is the pits!!
by: the canuck

Hi everyone,
I totally get the feeling that we went though all this and lost, and now it's creeping back on. I lost 60 lbs 6 months after surgery and now 20= has come back on. Such a drag! To be honest, I have not been exercising bec. I felt so great at being little..ironic..I do want to get back into swimming, must do it for me!
Anyone else have any hints? I promised myself this would not happen again, yet here I am...

I get it...
by: Ashley

I had the gastric sleeve done a little over two years ago. I lost 120 pounds but have gained back 20. It has really torn me down and caused some depression. I went thru and had this very scary life changing surgery and it was great till the weight started to come back on. Even tho I am still down 100 pounds I am not happy and very disappointed in myself. It has also caused problems in my marriage. It is a daily battle and struggle and although I haven't experienced cancer, I did lose my job as well. Stress will do crazy things to your mind and body no matter how hard you try.

I try to look at the positive and remember how far I have come. Just remember, you lost it once, you can do it again. Don't quit, don't give up. If you even think about quitting, think why you started to begin with.

I wish you all the best and have faith that you will get back on track in no time :)

It was fun while it lasted...
by: ImGaining 2

I went into surgery at 437lbs on 7/7/07. I lost a total of 227 pounds and felt and looked amazing (in my opinion).Now, Im in my 6th year after and have gained 60lbs back......I feel like a failure! I hate looking in the mirror, Im ashamed, and Im always hungry! I was told I would NEVER feel the sensation of hunger again because the gland that produces hunger is removed with the stomach....well....it must have regenerated like a starfish arm!!! Can this procedure beformed a second time? And isn't the Sleeve the first procedure of the 2part DuoDenal....do I need to get that second part performed?
The depression makes me want to eat even more...its hell.

My heart goes out to you
by: Anonymous

To everyone gaining, I'm so sorry. The only thing that works for me most of the time is to eat protein first or where protein is 75% of the meal. It keeps me full for a long amount of time. I know they say that a 10-20 lb gain is normal but I would try to stop it and not let it get any higher first and foremost and THEN try to drop it back down. The most important thing is to stop the gain NOW. The snacks I allow myself are half a protein bar, an ounce of beef jerky, and sometimes I'll have a slice of swiss cheese with it.

To Imgaining 2-I would have the duodenal switch if I regained 60 lbs after my VSG no doubt about it. Yes the sleeve is the first part of the DS. You might need the malabsorption to help lose and keep the weight off permanently. You've done a darn great job losing so much weight and you've kept off a lot of it but I know you want to stop the gain. Please please look into the Duodenal switch revision surgery. I don't know where you live but check out dsfacts.com and try to find the recommended docs list to find a surgeon.

Please help!
by: Anonymous

I had the sleeve Surgery two years ago at 337 pounds and went down to 260 pounds in less than a year.
I was very happy considering I had to take a $13000.00 loan to have the surgery due to not having insurance. Well after being diagnosed with Fybromialgia and sciatica among other things, I was put on Lyrica & other meds. Now I am back to 300 pounds. I am extremely depress and feeling that was a complete waste of money that I am struggling to pay back and most importantly decided to put my life on the line for no reasons whatsoever.
I went back to the Doctor for advised, he thinks I should get the Lapband now except I cannot afford anything being on Disability with a very limited Income.
Do you guys have any suggestions? I can really use some!!! Thank you

Also Gaining
by: Anonymous

I had the sleeve in Jan 2012. I lost 85lbs wonderful.. now I'm putting the lbs back on & inches. my clothes are getting tight... after reading all the above I see how important it is to get control... I have become do addicted to sweets.. I cant seem to get through the day w/o Ice Cream !! its my drug !! As of today I will STOP the madness & get back on track . I don't (cant) go back to the person I was.. I hated being fat.:(

Heartbroken NEW
by: Anonymous

I had weightloss surgery in August 2010 and lost 110 pounds from 240. Now after four years I have gained back 85 pounds. Stress is really getting me down. My job and coworker bullying is really making me depressed and I feel like a failure. How can I get back on the weightloss bandwagon again with all this going on and then the holidays too. I feel heartbroken with the sacrifices made to get this surgery done and know that I have done this.

Heartbroken NEW
by: Anonymous

I had weightloss surgery in August 2010 and lost 110 pounds from 240. Now after four years I have gained back 85 pounds. Stress is really getting me down. My job and coworker bullying is really making me depressed and I feel like a failure. How can I get back on the weightloss bandwagon again with all this going on and then the holidays too. I feel heartbroken with the sacrifices made to get this surgery done and know that I have done this.

over-eating again!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the sleeve Oct 2010 lost 170.
pounds went down to 148..however I am a coke cola addict and started drinking it again.. I'm up to 160 pounds again over-eating when I'm not even hungry drinking coke instead of water.. I can't seem to control myself .. need help need someone to shake me up to reality will be up to 300 pounds soon lacking willpower

Weight gain NEW
by: Crumpet

I had the sleeve and found that not nly do i like biscuits now weird as i was never bothered before, after my weight loss everyone has been sabotaging me. I was so overwhelmed and thought i cant fight this anymore.
I have put on 5kilos, a lot in your mney! And like everyone else, feel disappointed with myself , depressed. Tried some clothes on and they are tight, e worse feeling ever. I am amazed at how many women have gained, i didnt think we could gain so much. I know the op was a tool but to gain so much again, makes it seem hopeless. Back trying to lose weight, and realise now-this is my life from now on....reading other proples blog has inspired meto try hard though, so thanks everyone. Cant drink more than two glasses of wine at parties now or i am drunk, thats annoying!

weight gain NEW
by: Nellie

I had the VSG Sept 2012..I have regained too..I was 344 and lost 100lbs or so..I got down to 220..I am now at 249 and it sucks to put the weight back on..I gonna start the 5:2 diet to see if it helps along with cutting back on carbs and incorporate fruits..I snacked a lot so I know I did this to myself. I think once I can cut the carb cravings and stop sweets I'll be ok and start loosing again. I bought a lot of greek yogurt for protein and will see how this goes..Good luck everyone..we can do this!

Weight gain after surgery. NEW
by: Tenniscrupet

When i had thesurgery my dr said, thereis no going back, i thought meaning thats it. Now i have gained and iam devasted, and i have a husband that tries to lead me astray cause hes a food addict. I am so disappointed,like many i thoughti couldnt gain e webht afterwards. Its such a mental game, how people treat you when youve lost the weight, how you feel about that and react to it, there should be councelling offered.
My mechanism if i have ne, is just to remember the pain after the surgery. I am just trying to get inton athought system of "come on, take control" but not quite there yet. Not sleeping at all doesnt help and its well known , it makes you more hungry. I just feel cheated, i was hoping for a permanent solutio. Its well known at you just relace the obsessionwith nother,so got that to conentd with too.

Gastric Sleeve Problems w/addiction NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Sleeve surgery 6 years ago being one of my doctors first patients to have it. I was very happy with it for 4 years was never hungry still had great restriction. Then I was stupid enough to start drinking? Why never did before and now I find out about re-directed addiction who knew? It crept up on me slowly and before I realized it I began to gain and now only 30 lbs away from my pre surgery weight,I am now a Alcoholic & insomniac. Does anyone know if alcohol puts weight on more quickly because of the surgery? Trying to get tough and sober but what a battle now with duel addictions. Pray for me

Depressing results for everyone then?!! NEW
by: Tenniscrumpet

So my question to you all is-were you told about the oossibility of regaining all/nearly all. I wasnt! The chance of getting another obsession (if any sex would be good!) , luckliy i havent but did catch myself having a bit more wine thanusual and stopped that. 2 large glassesof wine equals a large hamburger folks so keep that in mind.

5-2 diet is a good one, my friends lost loads and looks so fantastic so will try that, got to try something before its too late.

Feel for you all,i really do, after going thrusuch a painful procedure , its not fair. I am sure i have strettched the pouch they made, not sure how much, would like toknow though.

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