One of the biggest fears of patients undergoing weight-loss surgery is regaining weight. It is understandable because almost every patient who has experienced a weight-loss operation has become a yo-yo dieter at some point during their weight loss journey.
It’s not uncommon for a candidate who underwent surgery to talk about losing 10 pounds, 20 pounds, sometimes even 50-100 pounds, with a dietary trial.
The good news is that weight loss surgery can sustain weight loss for a long time after surgery. However, patients need to take into account that obesity is a chronic disease that gets treated surgically. However, without proper treatment, after surgery, these procedures can lose effectiveness, which leads to weight gain.
After weight loss surgery there are different ways which when followed properly will help in weight maintenance. In this article, Dr Venu Gopal Pareek wants to share his opinion about dealing with patients suffering from weight regain and how to treat it.
Bariatric surgery is an established, safe and effective obesity treatment that allows most patients to lose up to 80 per cent of their excess weight one or two years after the procedure. Bariatric surgery must be part of a comprehensive diet program, regular exercise, and behavioural changes to get maximum benefit. Dr Venu Gopal Pareek offers a variety of care and counselling services. They are all designed to help his patients prepare for bariatric surgery and also make subsequent lifestyle changes to achieve their health goals. The combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments helps patients avoid gaining weight.
Dr Venu Gopal Pareek offers minimally invasive laparoscopic bariatric surgery to help obese patients who fail to lose weight using other non-surgical options. These include:
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Why do patients gain weight after bariatric surgery?
Successful weight loss results depend on healthy eating and regular physical activity. Weight regain occurs if the patient consumes high-calorie soft food that quickly passes through the opening in the intestine. Others gain weight because they don’t change their eating habits hence don’t lose a lot of weight after surgery.
What can a patient do to prevent weight loss after bariatric surgery?
Patients who join weight loss support groups, and receive nutritional counselling and ongoing nutrition are also more likely to avoid regaining weight. Patients who abuse drugs or alcohol are at higher risk of complications from bariatric surgery and are more likely to return to their old habits after surgery. Mastering this problem is essential for long-term weight loss success. This behaviour must go through a psychological assessment before the operation is approved.
Patients following with Dr Venu Gopal Pareek are the most successful at losing weight by strictly following doctor’s postoperative instructions, making regular follow-up visits, continuing dietary, and lifestyle consultations.
Treatment Option for weight regain post-Bariatric surgery:
If despite your best efforts, you have noticed weight gain, various methods can help get you back on track:
- Maintaining a Diary: If you write down how much you eat every day, you can take a closer look at your diet. It is also much easier to identify potential problems.
- Nutrition Advice: While nutritionists who work with your surgeon will contact you in the weeks after surgery, it will be beneficial for many patients to meet with nutritionists regularly. Like a food diary, regular discussions with a professional can help you consolidate your diet and highlight problem areas.
- Support Groups: Joining support groups for weight loss operations can provide invaluable resources. Working with this type of group allows patients to receive advice from others who share the same experience. Since they are former patients themselves, members of this group can often offer perspectives that cannot be provided by experts.
- Medication: There are prescription drugs for weight loss. These medicines work in various ways. Some help you feel less hungry, while others make it difficult for your body to eat fat. Weight-loss drugs work best when combined with lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and healthy eating. So take medications with lifestyle changes as prescribed by the doctor after the surgery.
- Make fitness a priority, starting with the recovery process: The body should move and the more it moves, the better it works. The aim is to be physically active almost every day of the week, doing cardiovascular and resistance exercises to maintain and build muscle mass is an essential component of a healthy metabolism. After surgery, walking is the basis for moving the body. Try hard to achieve small goals. Once you feel you have recovered from surgery, try to do exercise and work at high speed.
What are the surgical options for patients who have regained weight after surgery?
Some patients who undergo bariatric surgery relapse after a few years. These people can benefit from an additional procedure called revision surgery to lose weight and treat specific symptoms.
The type of revision depends on many factors. In some patients with gastric sleeves, the original sleeve can stretch over time, allowing patients to eat more and regain the weight. The smaller sleeve can be recommended to restore weight loss.
In other patients, gastric bypass may be recommended to replace the gastric sleeve. With a bypass procedure, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch, which significantly reduces the amount of food the patient eats and consumes fewer calories.
Adjustable band procedures that can be adjusted to limit the patient’s stomach size are also contemplated if the initial operation does not result in weight loss. A complex operation called biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal changes allows food that leaves the stomach to bypass most of the small intestine. This procedure significantly reduces calorie intake and usually results in a weight loss of 60 to 70 per cent after five years.
Patients can take several steps to limit weight regain. One of the most important steps you can take is to change your eating habits and your body. The lower the body mass index of the patient (body mass index) during surgery, the better the results are.
Alcoholism, Smoking, Eating disorders, drug addiction can also complicate your results. All three of these conditions can affect your metabolism and not only affect weight loss, but also overall health. If you have difficulty with addiction, it is essential to continue treatment before bariatric surgery. Many people go back to old habits of dealing with stress after bariatric surgery and regain the weight.
Weight gain after surgery should not be avoided. Contact Dr Venu Gopal Pareek at 91-777-77715 to learn more about how to reduce or prevent weight gain after a Bariatric procedure.