It’s perfectly normal to wonder about the long-term success rate of gastric bypass surgery—it is surgery, after all.

We wrote before about whether it’s worth the risk – which detailed the short term risks of gastric bypass. We also talked about the long term weight loss of bariatric surgery overall.

Now, we’d like to take a look at gastric bypass in particular, and it’s effects in the long run; most importantly, will it help you shed the weight not just immediately, but for the rest of your life?

Gastric bypass at a glance

The National Institute of Health compared different types of bariatric surgery, deeming gastric bypass as “the gold standard”. It’s the most popular of these procedures, and weight loss averages 65% for most patients (the same study cites that 85% of patients lose and maintain 50% of their initial excess weight loss).

Like we stated in our previous post about the risks of gastric bypass, the mortality rates and complications are extremely low.

Long-term risks and success rate

The short-term risks are minimal. The long term success though is determined by you (or, the behavior of the patient).

Most surgeons will say, “gastric bypass is not a miracle cure”. It’s a tool, not a final solution. This procedure limits the amount of food your stomach can hold; what you choose to eat, though, is entirely up to you.

Read: Healthy Grocery Shopping After Bariatric Surgery

Following surgery, you also need to maintain a steady regiment of vitamin, protein and mineral supplements. Of these, you should stick to adequate intake of multivitamins, iron, calcium and vitamin D and B12.

Keeping a regular pace

Since gastric bypass patients see such a large initial loss of weight, they are often elated and euphoric. What we try to reiterate with patients is that, once they’ve gotten back to a healthy level, it’s time for maintenance.

Doctors report that weight loss can level off after two years or so. At that point, it’s up to the patient to eat well and exercise regularly.

Schedule regular check-ins

We often recommend scheduling regular follow-up visits with your surgeon after the procedure. We’re on your team, and we want to make sure you stay in line with your initial wishes.

The most important thing in successful gastric bypass surgery is choosing an experienced and accredited center and surgeon. Weight Wise is one of the most trusted centers in Oklahoma & surrounding areas. We’d love to meet and see how we can help you transform your life.

For gastric bypass questions, you can read about the procedure here.