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Weight Loss

1. How much weight can I lose after gastric sleeve surgery?

On average, individuals can expect to lose about 60% to 70% of their excess body weight following gastric sleeve surgery.

2. How much weight can I lose after gastric bypass surgery?

Typically, patients can anticipate losing around 60% to 80% of their extra body weight after they undergo gastric bypass surgery.

3. How much weight can I lose after an intragastric balloon procedure?

The weight loss achieved with an intragastric balloon procedure is typically more modest compared to surgical interventions like gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. On average, individuals can expect to lose about 15% to 30% of their total body weight with an intragastric balloon.

4. How long can I expect to keep the weight off after either of the two surgeries? 

In the first year or two after both the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries, most individuals experience substantial weight loss. Studies have shown that many individuals can maintain a substantial portion of their weight loss for at least 5 to 10 years after gastric bypass surgery. Some maintain their weight loss for even longer. Long-term success is strongly influenced by lifestyle choices, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, staying hydrated, and avoiding habits like overeating or emotional eating.

5. How long can I expect to keep the weight off after the intragastric balloon procedure?

The intragastric balloon procedure is a temporary weight loss tool, typically left in place for six to twelve months. During this time, individuals can expect to lose a modest amount of weight. However, it's important to understand that the effectiveness of the intragastric balloon is directly tied to its presence. After the balloon is removed, the long-term success of weight maintenance largely depends on the individual's commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

6. How quickly does weight loss happen after gastric sleeve surgery?

Weight loss is typically most rapid during the first three months following surgery. By the six-month mark, most people will have achieved a significant reduction in excess body weight. Weight loss can vary, but it's common to see 50% or more of excess weight lost by this point. At the one-year mark, individuals can expect to be close to, or have achieved, their maximum weight loss. It's not uncommon to have lost 60% or more of excess weight. Some individuals may continue to lose weight for up to 18 to 24 months after surgery, but the rate of weight loss tends to slow down during this period. 

7. How quickly does weight loss happen after gastric bypass surgery?

The timeline for the gastric bypass mirrors that of the sleeve, with the main difference being the range of potential weight lost at the one year mark. After one year, it’s not uncommon to have lost 60% to 80% or more of excess weight.  

8. How quickly does weight loss happen after the intragastric balloon procedure?

In the initial weeks after the placement of the intragastric balloon, individuals may experience a relatively swift drop in weight, primarily due to a notable decrease in calorie intake and alterations in eating habits. During this phase, it's not unusual for people to shed several pounds weekly. Nonetheless, it's important to understand that the rate of weight loss typically decelerates with time. Following the initial rapid decline, a more gradual and sustainable rate of weight loss is usually anticipated. On average, individuals may target a weight loss of 1-2 pounds weekly.

9. What is the typical weight loss at 6 months?

For gastric bypass surgery, typical weight loss is around 30-40% of excess body weight. For the gastric sleeve, it’s about 50-55% of a person’s excess weight. Intragastric balloon patients may achieve a weight loss ranging from 15% to 30% of their excess body weight at the 6-month mark. 

10. Is weight loss surgery permanent?

While bariatric surgery is among the most compelling weight loss solutions, there are many variables that prevent a guarantee that the weight will stay off permanently. The good news is that with only a small handful of lifestyle changes, the odds of keeping the weight off long-term rise drastically. The following healthy habits can significantly increase the odds of keeping the weight off: 

  • Hydration: Drink at least 8 cups or 2 liters of water per day

  • Consume five small meals a day rather than three large meals

  • Choose nutrient-rich foods that are minimally or not at all processed

  • Sustain an active lifestyle by partaking in activities that you enjoy

  • Minimize your intake of “empty calories”, such as those from starches, sugars, and alcohol

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