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Weight Loss Surgery: Expectations

Our team of experts help you move from one phase to the next, always centered on what's best for you. We're here for you before surgery and well after surgery, providing guidance, reassurance, and comprehensive services to help in reaching your goal. But bariatric surgery is not a miracle cure and will not leave you with the “perfect” body.

Weight loss surgery is considered successful when a person loses 50 percent of excess weight. It’s important to know that while few patients reach their ideal body weight, the physical heath benefits and emotional health benefits are significant.

Average Weight Loss

Most studies suggest that patients lose about 2/3 to 3/4 of their excess weight over the first two years. Longer term studies have shown that on average, patients keep off at least 1/2 of the lost weight over 5 to 15 years. Most patients regain some after the first two years, usually about 10% of the lost excess body weight.

Improvement of Weight-Associated Medical Conditions (Comorbidities)

For the obese person, the health benefits of losing weight are countless. Not only does the risk of serious disease decline, but some conditions may actually be reversed.

Some conditions or disease processes typically improved or resolved include:

  • type II diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • shortness of breath
  • limited mobility
  • circulation issues
  • joint pain
  • back pain
  • arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
  • menstrual irregularities
  • hirsutism.

Weight loss surgery is also strongly associated with increased fertility rates. **Pregnancy should be avoided for one to two years after surgery and weight is stabilized to insure proper development of the fetus).

Success after Bariatric Surgery

To be successful and gain all the health benefits bariatric weight loss surgery has to offer, you must make major changes in your daily eating habits and develop a healthy lifestyle, including a program of regular physical activity. Your long-term success will be impacted greatly by creating a support system, such as utilizing as a support group. Your effort and commitment to these life changes play an essential role in your success.