Gaining Weight Back after Bariatric Surgery

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A well-balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Preventing Weight Gain

Patients can take a number of measures to limit weight regain even before surgery. One of the most important steps you can take is changing your food and exercise habits. By starting early, you can ease the stress of change on your body and begin to lose weight ahead of time. The lower a patient’s BMI (body mass index) at the time they undergo surgery, the less weight they will need to keep off afterward.

If you struggle with addiction or an eating disorder, it is vital that you pursue treatment before bariatric surgery.

Eating disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction can also complicate your results. All three conditions can interfere with your metabolism, affecting not only your weight loss but your overall health, as well. If you struggle with addiction, it is vital that you pursue treatment before bariatric surgery. Many people fall back into old habits to cope with stress after bariatric surgery, and recovery is stressful enough without other complications.

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Working with a nutrition counselor can help you create and maintain a personalized diet.

Getting Back on Track

It is important to understand that even these precautions cannot always prevent weight regain.

Non-Surgical Methods

If you have noticed weight gain despite your best efforts, several methods can help you get back on track:

  • Food journal: Keeping a written record of how much you eat each day can give you a more concrete sense of your diet. It also makes it much easier to identify potential problems.
  • Nutritional counseling: While the nutritionist working alongside the Tijuana Bariatric Center will follow up with you in the weeks after your surgery, many patients find it helpful to meet with a nutritional counselor on a more regular basis. Like a food journal, routine discussions with a professional can help solidify your diet and highlight problem areas.
  • Support group: Joining a weight loss surgery support group can provide invaluable resources. Working with this type of group, patients can receive advice from others who are sharing the same experiences. And as former patients themselves, members of these groups can often offer a perspective that professionals alone may not be able to provide.

Revisional Surgery

Unfortunately, the root of the problem cannot always be dealt with through nonsurgical means. In some cases, revisional bariatric surgery may be necessary.

However, these routes are only recommended as a last resort. For example, your surgeon may perform another procedure if a LAP-BAND® has slipped or if the stomach has stretched out after a gastric sleeve procedure.

Undergoing revisional surgery can help correct the consequences of weight gain.

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If you are concerned about gaining weight back after surgery, feel free to contact TBC. We are here to help.

Author: Dr. Fernando Garcia Govea

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Garcia is a highly qualified surgeon, and has more than eight years of bariatric treatment experience and two decades in the medical field. His experience (10,000+ procedures) helps him work with all patients including those with a BMI of 80 or higher to improve their quality of life.

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