Is Weight-Loss Surgery Effective Long Term?

Weight-loss surgery can provide long-term results — if you put in the work once you’re off the table. Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center believes in the power of weight-loss surgery for taking control of your weight, your health, and your life. Below, learn about three different types of weight-loss surgery and the long-term results. 

Do all types of weight-loss surgery work?

All types of weight-loss surgery have their pros and cons, benefits and drawbacks. While they’ve all been proven to work in some capacity, the different types of bariatric surgery do have varying results. But the same marker is generally used to measure long-term success: If you keep 50% or more of your weight off after five years, the surgery is considered successful. 

Long-term weight-loss results for gastric bypass

Numerous research studies show that gastric bypass surgery produces the most weight loss both short-term and long-term, compared to other forms of weight-loss surgery. However, patients who undergo gastric bypass may experience a serious stall in weight loss after two years.

Long-term weight-loss results for gastric sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is also generally successful, though patients see less weight loss with gastric sleeve compared to gastric bypass (you may lose up to 65% of your weight). This type of weight-loss surgery may not be as effective long term: Research shows that many patients gain weight back after two years. 

Long-term weight-loss results for Lap-Band

Like gastric sleeve surgery, Lap-Band (AKA gastric band) surgery seems to be successful in the short term, but may present complications in the long term. Some research shows that patients regain their weight after two years, but other research deems Lap-Band surgery safe and effective. 

Ultimately, the right weight-loss surgery for you depends on a number of complex factors, and Dr. Snow can help you determine which type of bariatric surgery would produce the best results for you.  

Weight-loss surgery doesn’t work unless you do

It’s important to remember that weight-loss surgery is just your kickstarter — no matter which type of surgery you get. When you undergo bariatric surgery, you rapidly lose weight in the beginning, but weight loss will stall after a while. 

It’s up to you to establish and maintain healthy habits that help you keep the excess weight off. This includes regular exercise, such as going for a daily 30-minute walk and eating nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods. 

Researchers point out that while weight-loss surgery is currently the best fix for persistent obesity, it’s not a miracle cure, and it’s not a one-and-done deal. 

If you want to learn more about weight-loss surgery and the long-term results, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Snow today by calling one of our convenient Texas locations or request an appointment online.  

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