Years after Gastric Bypass weight gain

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Amy (a patient from Waterford, Ct. USA)

Many years ago I had gastric bypass- no pre diet was mentioned. In fact I was out to lunch (salad only) when hospital called saying they had moved me up 3 weeks and could i come into hospital that evening for next day surgery. I did and my surgery went well.

For my yearly checkup I went from 226 to 140 (5 foot 1 inch frame). I thought my doc would be disappointed in me for not reaching my 128 lb goal but instead he was thrilled and told me to just maintain that weight, I looked great!

Well I did maintain for years, even had another child and was 142 after delivery. My body’s set point was 140, since I could not get lower than that even with exercising and protein drinks. I maintained 140 lbs for 18 years.

Then I began gaining 10 + pounds a year over the next 4 years. When my youngest child graduated high school I weighed 185. I tried an assortment of dieting which only lead to more weight gain. Unfortunately, all my weight came back .

Yes, there has been many emotionally triggered tragedies in my life, but I am responsible for my weight gain no one else is. I am currently using bariatric advantage protein shakes and healthier meals, but struggling.

So my question is, Has anyone regained their weight years after surgery? I really need the support and encouragement.

Thank You!

~Amy~

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Surgeon Response to "Years After Gastric Bypass Weight Regain"

by: John Rabkin, MD

Amy,

Unfortunately, many people regain weight after undergoing the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure (RGB) to address their morbid obesity. Late weight regain such as you've experienced is not uncommon.

Long-term studies demonstrate that the excess weight loss patients achieve following the RGB decreases over time from an initial average at 18 months post surgery of approximately 65-70% to less than 50%. For this reason, many patients undergo revisional bariatric surgery if they are unable to maintain the initial weight loss.

I would recommend that you speak with your bariatric surgeon about this option.

Best regards,
John Rabkin, M.D.
Pacific Laparoscopy

(click here for Dr. Rabkin's full bio & contact info)

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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