Long-Term Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery
There is no doubt that bariatric surgery leads to long-term weight loss. But what factors are at play in this assessment? How much of the expected weight loss can be attributed to the surgery’s success? And how much can be attributed to additional factors?
Parsing these numbers can be difficult. What we do know is that bariatric surgery can be one of the initial steps toward a lifetime of health, wellness, wellbeing, and an appropriate weight.
Naturally, what’s appropriate for one person may not necessarily be appropriate for another. That’s why WeightWise works so closely with each and every individual who seeks out our services.
Our experience and expertise teach us that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight maintenance after weight loss. What we do know is that bariatric surgery can eventually lead everyone to a point where they fit into the size dress or pants that they dream of wearing again!
So with that bright and healthy future in mind, let’s take a deeper look into long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery.
Keep in mind, however, that there are multiple steps toward health and wellness. The important thing to remember is that it’s a process, not necessarily a destination.
Of course, the goal is long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery. And while each of us has different standards as to what constitutes success, there are definitely some benchmarks to meet as we work through the process.
Long-Term Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
Most of us have heard them.
The naysayers. The critics.
They will tell us that weight loss surgery is the easy way out. They will tell us that it is just a short-term fix.
But here is the thing: That’s just not true.
One can achieve long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery. And many people have!
At WeightWise, we have the experience — and the research — to back up that claim.
First of all, a study published on August 31 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that most participants who underwent gastric bypass maintained a significant weight loss ten years after the surgery.
In fact, studies show that close to 97% of the surgical participants maintained an almost 100-pound weight loss while virtually all the nonsurgical participants were the same weight after ten years. You can read more about this research at NPR.
Second, in addition to the data presented above — as well as the wealth of corroborating scientific research that’s easy to find on the web — WeightWise knows all about long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery because we see the results just about every single day.
Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery: Success Stories
We’re so pleased that so many of our former patients continue to share their long-term weight-loss after bariatric surgery Success Stories.
But let’s take a step back first.
People come to WeightWise for many different reasons. As we explain on our Success Stories page, folks visit our offices seeking assistance in their weight-loss journeys.
Some find that the most common treatment of diet and exercise don’t work well enough (or not at all). Others have limited mobility due to illness or injury. Still others are unable to lose weight due to a combination of factors, including some medications that can cause weight gain.
And yet despite the diversity in their backgrounds, they found long-term weight-loss success with WeightWise as their partner.
Our Success Stories are just a small sampling of the thousands of people who have come through our doors in extreme physical stress from carrying so much weight. As we know, obesity can cause ailments above and beyond the stress and strain it places on our skeletons, including our joints, knees, and feet.
Obesity and body weight that’s above the recommended range is implicated in dozens of negative medical conditions. These include blood clots, high blood pressure; sleep apnea, high cholesterol; heart disease; and so much more.
So when a new patient walks into WeightWise, we welcome them with an initial conversation to uncover what ails them and where they would like to see themselves in six months, 12 months, and beyond.
And we continue to work with our patients long after the surgery is completed. As we often say, the best weight-loss regimens are only just beginning when they commit to surgery. Afterward, we engage them in a healthy and holistic process of nutrition, education, exercise (sometimes all you need is 30 minutes a day!), and more.
In other words, we remain our patients’ advocates long after their weight-loss surgeries.
So, if you’re wondering about long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery, then wonder no more! We’ll guide you every step of the way — from the initial consultation to post-op follow-ups to help ensure long-term weight-loss after surgery.
We’ve found that many of our patients consider surgery to be the easiest part of their weight-loss journey! That’s true of gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy), and other procedures.
If you would like more information to help you decide if bariatric surgery is right for you, look at the research we’ve provided. And then consider attending one of our free informational seminars.
You’ll learn about how to achieve weight-loss goals, weight management months after surgery, health information regarding side effects, and the amounts of food you can eat before and after surgery. This will include info about eating solid foods, soft foods, and the fact that you may need to avoid drinking certain beverages.
WeightWise: Weight-Loss Surgery Oklahoma City
At WeightWise, we are fortunate to be led by two of the top bariatric surgeons in their field: Drs. Greg Walton and Toby Broussard.
Dr. Walton has more than 30 years of experience in the medical profession. He began to focus on laparoscopic approaches to bariatric surgery while completing a general surgery residency at the Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
In addition, Dr. Walton serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He’s also a member of multiple professional medical societies, including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Broussard began his surgical training at the same medical center. After managing a private practice in Louisiana for 13 years, he answered Dr. Walton’s call and joined the staff at WeightWise.
He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. His professional memberships include the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
Since going into practice together, these talented and compassionate surgeons have built WeightWise into the region’s premier center for bariatric surgery. In fact, the doctors have performed more than 3,000 surgeries and counting since 2006.
During that time, they have an impeccable reputation for success. For example, WeightWise maintains a 0% death rate and a major complication rate that remains below 2%
Long story short regarding long-term weight loss after bariatric surgery: You’re in good hands at WeightWise.
Get in touch with us today and get started on your own journey toward health and wellbeing. Talk to your doctor if you have additional questions.
We look forward to meeting you!
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