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When appropriate, weight-loss surgery can result in dramatic improvements in weight and health:

Please note that significant weight loss is reported to be higher with roux-en-y gastric by-pass compared to restrictive procedures alone. Surgery is the most effective means available for successful long-term weight loss.

You will lose weight rapidly after surgery, typically up to 6 pounds per week at first, and continue to do so with the lowest weight occurring in 18 to 24 months. Generally, those who follow dietary and exercise recommendations keep most of that weight off 10 years and longer. Besides weight loss, you will usually experience improvements in comorbidities as well, here are just a few examples:

  • People who are severely obese and have type 2 diabetes typically see improvement in control of their blood sugar levels, or blood sugar levels become normal within one year of surgery.
  • High blood pressure disappears in about two-thirds of those who have weight-reduction surgery.
  • lower levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood for about seven in 10 people.
  • Most people who have obstructive sleep apnea enjoy marked improvement, including less daytime sleepiness.
  • Most patients report improvement in mood and other aspects of psychosocial functioning following surgical treatment.
  • Patients with musculoskeletal problems have less pain and improved mobility.
  • Patients report that interpersonal relationships, employment opportunities, and general quality of life improve dramatically after surgery.

Some degree of weight regain is common by 2 to 5 years after operation. It can occur anytime, even years later. This is influenced by eating behavior and lack of a regular exercise program.

At that time, your weight will begin to level out, most likely stabilizing at about 20 to 40 percent above your ideal body weight. This typically represents a loss of 70-80% of the extra weight that you started with prior to your surgery.

But more important than the actual number of pounds lost is the overall improved health you will gain after gastric bypass surgery. In fact, the true measure of the operation’s success is the improvement of any weight related comorbidities.

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