Care after weight loss may be right for you!
One of the greatest fears we face when seeking weight loss surgery is the fear of weight regain. This is understandable considering that virtually everyone that has undergone weight-loss surgery has at some point been a “Yo-Yo Dieter” during their weight-loss journey.
It is not uncommon to hear stories of losing 10 pounds, 20 pounds, sometimes even 50-100 pounds with dieting attempts, only to see it return over time.
The good news is that with weight-loss surgery, the weight-loss seen post-operatively can be maintain throughout a long period of time. However, it is important that we keep in mind that obesity is a chronic disease that is not cured by surgery. Surgery provides a powerful tool for significant weight-loss, but without proper care “the tool” can lose its effectiveness, leading to weight regain.
There are several causes of weight regain after weight-loss surgery, most of which if addressed properly, results in a loss of the gained weight and resumption of weight maintenance. In this article, I would like to share with you my thought process in dealing with the patient who experiences weight regain.
What are the reasons for weight regain?
In the vast majority of patients, weight regain is the result of the chronic nature of obesity and patients slipping back into old, unhealthy habits.
Other reasons include stretching of the stomach pouch (pouch dilatation), stretching of the junction between the pouch and intestine (stoma dilatation), adjustable gastric band system problem (balloon leak, hole in tubing, port disconnection, etc.), abnormal connections (gastric-gastric fistula due to staple line breakdown).
Rarely, weight regain can occur due to some medical conditions such as pregnancy, thyroid issues, adrenal issues, new medications.
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What Can Do to START Losing Weight again?
Since the most common reasons for weight regain is chronic obesity and unhealthy habits it is important to tackle the issue by adopting healthy eating habits, exercise plan and follow up with your weight loss doctor to develop a long lasting plan to stay healthy.
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