Many people wonder what the risk of regaining their weight after bariatric surgery is. They want to know what to expect and what their chances are of keeping off the weight. Like so many things, the answer is not always simple.
As with all data, it can depend on how you look at it. The long and short of it is that bariatric surgery helps patients achieve long-term weight loss far greater than diet and exercise alone. How well you do and for how long largely depends on you and the support you are provided by your surgeon and his/her team. Bariatric surgery is a tool, and like all tools, it works very well when used properly, and not so well when used improperly.
The classes you attend before and after surgery and the guidelines you receive from your surgeon, bariatrician, dietician, exercise physiologist, support staff and support group lecturers are there to help you lose the weight you need to and to keep it off. The instructions and guidelines we give are based on our experience with thousands and thousands of bariatric surgery patients. We know what works and what doesn’t. We know what pitfalls people often fall into. We can guide you on your path and help you when you stumble. Getting the help you need and following the guidelines you are given will have the largest impact on your long-term success.
You are not alone. We are here to help!