Bariatric surgery - gastric bypass; Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Expectations after surgery
The weight loss results of gastric bypass surgery are generally good. Most patients lose an average of 10 pounds per month and reach a stable weight between 18 and 24 months after surgery. Often, the greatest rate of weight loss occurs in the very beginning (that is, just following the surgery when you are still on a liquid diet).
After the surgery, you will need to follow up with your doctor fairly often during the first year. During those visits, your physician will be evaluating your physical and mental health status, including any change in weight and your nutritional needs. You will likely see a dietitian during those visits as well.
The surgery is not a solution in and of itself. While it can train you to eat smaller quantities and feel full more quickly, you still have to do much of the work. To achieve weight loss and avoid complications from the procedure, you must exercise and eat properly -- according to important, healthy guidelines that your doctor and nutritionist will teach you.
Review Date: 05/15/2006
Reviewed By: Eugene A. Trowers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, Department of Gastroenterology, Florida State University College of Medicine, Assistant Dean, Tallahassee Regional Campus, Tallahassee, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.