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How Soon After Weight Loss Surgery Will I Lose Weight?

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Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool to help people living with obesity take control of their weight, and maintain a healthy weight loss. 

There are a lot of questions people have when it comes to bariatric surgery, one of the main ones is – how fast will you see the weight loss after surgery. At Healthier Weight we are experts in weight loss surgery and every year we transform hundreds of lives with procedures such as the gastric sleeve. And we know best how to help answers your questions, so if you want to find out how quickly you can lose weight after bariatric surgery, keep reading and let our experts give their advice.

What Is Weight Loss Surgery?

The gastric sleeve, gastric band and gastric bypass are all forms of weight loss surgery, ultimately they all help patients lose weight, by altering the way you eat and digest food. 

The gastric sleeve is becoming the most popular form of weight loss surgery, helping patients lose on average 60-70% of excess weight. It works by removing around 80% of the stomach, resulting in patients only having to eat a small amount to feel full. 

The gastric bypass is the most powerful form of weight loss surgery, it helps patients lose on average 70-80% of excess weight. It works by dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch then the small intestine is connected, bypassing the rest of the stomach.

The gastric band is the only reversible form of weight loss surgery. It works by placing a silicon band around the top of the the stomach, which can be tightened or loosened, altering the amount of food the patient can eat before feeling full.

How Quickly Can You Lose Weight After Weight Loss Surgery

Every patient loses weight at a different rate after weight loss surgery. It’s important to remember you are on your own journey and not to compare your progress with others.

Our weight loss experts say that most patients will have lost all the average weight loss for the procedure in the first two years. 

In the first-month patients see a rapid and dramatic weight loss. The first month after a procedure such as the gastric sleeve, will likely be the quickest you see weight drop off. This is due to the dramatic reduction in calories being consumed. Especially because of the liquid diet that patients will follow for the first 2 weeks post-op.

What Happens When You Hit A Stall In Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery?

After weight loss surgery you will go through times of losing more weight and less. Some weeks you might lose several pounds then other weeks close to none. 

Stalls are normal and not something to worry about. It’s important to look at the overall weight loss and progress in your journey. Take into consideration how clothes feel on you, how much activity you can do without getting breathless etc. There are lots of victories off the scale that should be celebrated, it’s more than just weight loss!

If you hit a stall in weight loss after a gastric band you might need your band to be tightened, to find out you can book an aftercare appointment with a bariatric nurse.

How Long Will You Maintain Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery For?

For most, people turn to weight loss surgery for the reason that it is a long term solution that other diet programmes didn’t have. 

Weight loss surgery helps patients lose weight and maintain it for years. Along with the surgery the patients learn new eating habits and create healthier relationships with food, which also helps the weight stay off, long term. 

If you are interested in a gastric procedure such as the gastric band, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or ESG. You can contact our expert team today and book a free consult with one of our weight loss surgeons.


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