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.
The key to prevention of weight regain is education and follow-up. Both before and after weight-loss surgery, patients need to be taught how to use their surgery to optimize their success. The optimal education should involve counseling in dietary, behavioral health and exercise issues.
If you are facing weight regain, ask yourself these questions, answer them honestly:
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.
At Ideal Body Institute we don’t believe you should ever sacrifice your health.
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.