How Much Weight Can You Lose With Bariatric Surgery?

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Bariatric Surgery?

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC

We all know that a healthy diet and exercise are the keys to losing weight. However, for some people these methods just don’t seem to work. If you’ve been struggling with losing weight despite changing your diet and becoming more active, bariatric surgery may have crossed your mind. But what exactly is it and how much weight can you lose with bariatric surgery? More importantly, is it right for you?

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term for surgical procedures that help with weight loss. It applies to procedures that alter the digestive system to facilitate weight loss. This could include gastric bypass surgery, gastric band surgery, a duodenal switch or a sleeve gastrectomy.

The main goal of bariatric surgery is to help people who are severely overweight lose excess weight and keep it off. The goal is to prevent and manage life-threatening health problems that are related to obesity including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

Bariatric surgeries work in various ways. Some limit the amount of food that your stomach can hold or reduce the number of calories and nutrients your body can absorb. Some do both of these things. Many bariatric surgeries also help to regulate appetite and make the body feel fuller faster.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. You will need to consult with a doctor to determine whether you are a good candidate. A reputable doctor will screen you first to see if you meet certain criteria before making a decision. They may ask about your medical history, test your BMI, and inquire about your mental health, lifestyle and willingness and ability to make lifestyle changes.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (AMBS) states that there are a number of qualifications that can apply for bariatric surgery. These include:

  • A BMI of 40 or higher.
  • A BMI of 35 or higher combined with an obesity-related health condition such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

It is important to remember that bariatric surgery is an invasive procedure that can have significant side effects. In addition, it is not a once-and-done solution. You will also need to make lifestyle changes to ensure that you lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid pain and/or injuries.

How Much Weight Can I Lose With Bariatric Surgery?

The amount of weight you can lose with bariatric surgery depends on the type of procedure you undergo and how committed you are to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It also depends on your weight, height and BMI. There is no set number in pounds that you can expect to lose, although you can expect to lose a percentage of your excess weight provided you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime after the procedure.

People who get a duodenal switch or undergo gastric bypass surgery typically tend to lose the highest percentage of weight after their bariatric surgery. On average, patients who undergo these procedures lose up to 70% to 80% of their excess fat. For the other procedures, the percentages are slightly lower. However, keep in mind that this is just an average and there is no guarantee that you will lose a specific percentage of your excess fat.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Bariatric Surgery?

As with any surgery there are always risks for side effects during and after a bariatric surgery. In addition, each type of surgery comes with its own potential complications. These are just a few side effects you may or may not experience after your bariatric surgery:

⦾ Infection

⦾ Excessive bleeding

⦾ Blood clots

⦾ Gastrointestinal leaks

⦾ Malnutrition

⦾ Low blood sugar

⦾ Acid reflux

⦾ Chronic nausea

⦾ Vomiting

⦾ Hernias

⦾ Ulcers

⦾ Gallstones

⦾ Bowel obstruction

⦾ Dumping syndrome (when food is deposited in the intestine without proper digestion)

⦾ Death (very rare)

What are Some Alternatives to Bariatric Surgery?

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are the best ways to lose weight naturally. However, if this has not been working for you or is simply not possible, Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa offers some alternatives that don’t involve surgery, medications, or even exercise.

Medically supervised weight loss has been proven to be very effective for some people. This holistic technique involves following a weight loss plan designed and supervised by a doctor. It starts with a consultation with a medical professional, followed by a detox and nutrition program. In addition to helping you lose weight, the program can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and improve energy levels, sleep, and overall well-being.

The Ideal Protein protocol is part of Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa’s medically supervised weight loss program. Developed by a doctor over 20 years ago, Ideal Protein is a ketogenic weight loss protocol that helps to burn fat, while sparing muscles. With our help, you can develop healthy eating habits and keep the weight off for the long-term.

Find Out More About Alternatives to Bariatric Surgery at Burbank Medical Spa

At Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa, Harvard-trained cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik, MD and her team of experienced health and wellness professionals provide complete health solutions that go beyond just treating symptoms. When it comes to losing weight, they are experts in providing the latest in health and aesthetic treatments including medically supervised weight loss programs that include nutritional guidance and compassionate coaching.

If you would like to learn more about your weight loss options, please contact us at 818-900-5630. We can help you lose weight safely, efficiently, and for the long-term.

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact info@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.