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How Soon Do You Lose Weight After Bariatric Surgery?

by nc_admin | Apr 29, 2022
The amount of weight that a patient can lose and the amount of time it takes to lose the weight depends on a number of factors.

Patients’ most common question is, “How soon will I lose weight after bariatric surgery?” And this always depends on the patient’s age, starting weight, post-operation activity, and how well they adhere to the after-surgery diet. Every individual is different, but right away, bariatric patients will start to lose significant amounts of weight, and this will continue for the first few months. However, the dietary guidelines provided following surgery are essential for success. First and foremost, they are meant to allow the patient’s body to heal from surgery. Going forward, they are meant to help patients lose weight appropriately. Any deviation from the dietary guidelines can result in a slowdown in weight loss.

The amount of weight that a patient can lose and the amount of time it takes to lose the weight depends on a number of factors including the type of weight loss surgery and how committed the patient is to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery.

With LAP-BAND surgery, an average patient loses 50% excess body weight after 1-5 years.

With sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery, an average patient sees up to 70% of excess weight loss at one year.
With gastric bypass, an average patient experiences 70% to 80% excess weight loss at one year.

Those seeking bariatric surgery in Texas can call the Nicholson Clinic and set up a consultation where they can discuss and learn about each procedure and decide which one will be right for them. The procedure decided upon can also influence how quickly weight is dropped post-operation.

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One of the most experienced weight loss surgeons in the country – Dr. Nick Nicholson – along with a full staff of surgeons, physician assistants, and other experienced clinicians, help patients reverse obesity with LAP-BAND, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Balloon and Revisions.