Weight Regain After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

by Rebeca
(Miami, FL)

I had Gastric Sleeve done 1 year and 7 months ago and for about 5 months I have been gaining weight... about 23 pounds total.

I think it is because I take morphine because of my 8 back surgeries. I don't eat very much - maybe about 600 calories a day - and I see myself gaining more and more on a daily basis. The only thing that I eat that does not make me feel bad is carbs. Please can someone give me advise?

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pain med
by: Jennifer

Hi Rebecca
My name is Jennifer and I had the gastric sleeve surgery almost two years ago. I have lost about 150 lbs.

I know with my surgery my weight loss was so fast and I then hit a wall. It can be so frustrating.

I'm sure with the medicine that having carbs can make you feel better, but for me like before it was a weight gain for me. Believe me, I love the pasta and sandwiches and all of the chips I could eat, so I think it was a comfort thing - so that could be part of it.

I would say try going back to the beginning and eat yogurts like the Chobani or high protein greek yogurt. Those will help to coat the stomach and make you feel a little better when you have to take the pain meds.

Also protein shakes are nasty to me so I chose a carnation instant breakfast and bought online a protein powder from Nestle and added that to them. This will help get the protein and help with the stomach aches from the meds.

If that doesn't help I would talk to your doctor about putting you on something that is a little less harsh on the stomach.

I recently had my gallbladder out and instead of vicodin or a morphine I took norco (my spelling is not good sorry). That is the only pain med I could take with the little food I was able to eat.

I hope that helps... this is just my experience. I wish you tons of luck... we have been given such a great tool to a healthier way of life.


Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California
by: Dr. Troy LaMar


Hi there. It sounds like you have been very successful with your sleeve gastrectomy.

It is normal to have the weight loss slow down at 12-18 months, and essentially stop at 18 months.

Most patients can maintain a stable weight with careful nutrition including 80 grams of protein/day.

Taking narcotics for pain certainly could make it difficult to stay away from carbohydrate foods, but this the most common way patients gain weight. They graze on small amounts of the wrong kind of food (carbs).

Probably a good idea to get back on track and start again from the beginning of your post op nutrition guide.

And reconnect with your surgeon and a dietician for support...

You can do it, stay positive, and no carbs.

Good luck,
Troy LaMar, MD
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los angeles bariatric surgeon

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weight regain/morphine
by: Tonya H

I had the RnY bypass almost a year ago. I've taken morphine for back problems for at least 14yrs & had no idea they made me crave carbs, I thought it was just me!

A few months ago I hit a plateau that lasted months, despite increased protein, decreased calories, & anything else I tried.

My cousin is a Beach body coach & was looking for people to participate in a challenge group, so I signed up. I had been walking & a bit of dancing around the house, but no real structured workouts.

Based on my fitness level & physical limitations due to back problems, she recommended Slim In 6 -a light cardio w/resistance training workout, & Tai Cheng -Tai Chi w/resistance, really good for the back & joints as it increases flexibility.

After starting the workouts & changing it up now & then, the weight started coming off again! Maybe you could try a Tai Chi workout because of your back & walk as well.

Best of luck!

Sleeved 10/5/20012-Regained 20 pounds NEW
by: Lisa

I have my sleeve done in Oct. of 2012. I was 235lbs at 5'6. I only lost a total of 50lbs. I was drinking fully bottles of protein the day after my surgery in the hospital. I felt like I could still eat and drink a more than I should have been able to. Now almost two years later, my weight is at 200lbs. I have regained. I am very active. I run 5k's and 10k's and workout with a fitness trainer 3 times a week. I have been pretty active before and since my surgery. I cut out most sugars and cabs as much as possible. I get at least 50g of protein a day. But this past year I have noticed the pounds coming back and I'm not sure why. :( It's not muscle either. It's like I'm fighting a loosing battle again and its very frustrating. I feel heavy again and tougher to run and work out. I wonder if I should go and have my sleeve looked at to see if it stretched, possibly during workouts. Any advice?

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by: frankeinstein

Everyone those who are attending this surgery knows that they will get weight gain after this surgery. Again, those guys will complain like oh god I got weight gain what to do. Guys the best way to reduce your fat is through natural exercise. There is nothing is there which is more perfectBeverly Diamonds Complaints than the exercises.

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