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Frequently asked questions
How rapid is weight loss after surgery?Most weight loss occurs in the first six months. Weight loss has been known to progress for up to two years. Frequent exercise and increased activities enhance weight loss.
Is such a rapid weight loss dangerous?No, but patients should regularly take vitamin supplements. Blood tests are obtained periodically to monitor the blood chemistries and nutritional status.
What is a weight loss plateau?After surgery, patients can experience periods when they do not lose weight. These are called weight loss plateaus. These can last from a few weeks to a few months. Patients have had plateaus for up to 18 months before resuming further weight loss. During these plateaus, patients will notice changes in various body dimensions.
How much weight can I expect to lose?Weight loss varies depending on your before-surgery weight, after-surgery choices of food and level of activity after surgery. Most patients lose 50—80 percent of their overweight weight within one year.
Will I ever regain my weight?The operation is a tool to use to control your weight. If you do not use it correctly, you will regain some weight.