As anyone who has ever been on a diet knows the deal on weight loss is never closed. Many people who succeed at losing weight, find keeping it off proves even more difficult. Failure is an option in the weight loss challenge. As such, many people raise the bar on weight loss and choose the gastric sleeve surgery. Only then to have weight regain after gastric sleeve surgery as the final outcome.
Protection Against Weight Regain after Gastric Sleeve Surgery is Not Guaranteed
Gastric sleeve surgery is best for those who have a body mass index of at least 40. This translates into being 100 or more pounds overweight. The gastric sleeve surgery takes about one-hour and patients will be in the hospital 2-3 days. The bariatric surgeon makes small cuts in the stomach and inserts a laparoscope that transmits pictures to a monitor. Additional medical instruments are inserted through other cuts and 3/4 of the stomach is removed. The rest of the stomach is reattached to form a gastric sleeve.
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Many studies have been done to measure the success of bariatric surgery. The result is that in the five-years following surgery, patients often gain back most or more of the weight that they had lost. Once the weight is regained, patients again face the same health risks they had prior to the bariatric surgery. Many also fall short of their weight loss goal prior to the weight regain.
What makes it so easy to gain weight even after the gastric sleeve surgery?
Reasons for Weight Regain after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Weight regain after gastric sleeve surgery has three main causes.
The first reason is non-compliance. Patients still have an unhealthy relationship with food that surgery alone cannot fix. They continue to consume high calorie coffees or fruit drinks and keep trigger foods in their lives. These foods are what led to obesity to begin with along with sweets, bread, and alcohol. Trigger foods often do little to satisfy hunger and can cause cravings. Successful patients have a post-surgical lifestyle free of trigger foods.
The second reason for weight regain after gastric sleeve. In the first 12 to 18 months after gastric sleeve surgery, weight is lost rapidly and without much difficulty. Many patients compromise their diet plans and ignore the maintenance suggestions of healthcare professionals, but lose weight anyhow. Once the body adjusts to its new physiology, the poor habits practiced by patients lead to poor results. The healthy patterns of diet and exercise that needed to be developed during the first 12 to 18 months were not. The end result is failure.
The third reason for post- gastric sleeve surgery weight regain is lack of support. Patients may find themselves in the company of people who are non-supportive or do not know how to give support sufficiently. This leaves patients in situations where they are self-reliant and accountable only to themselves for behaviors and actions. Patients successful at weight loss are those who develop and maintain a proper bariatric support group of people who understand their everyday challenges.
In good health,
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.