After surgery, patients can only eat a few ounces at a time without getting sick. In addition, many patients experience dumping syndrome (cramping, nausea, diarrhea) when they consume sweets and are advised to avoid them. Patients must learn to maximize nutrition from a small amount of food. Long-term success depends on the patient making lifelong behavior changes, including exercise and food choices.
Average weight loss after surgery is approximately 60-80% of excess body weight within about the first year. Weight loss tends to plateau 12 to 18 months after surgery. Individual result may vary depending on compliance with nutritional guidelines and exercise intensity. After achieving this degree of weight loss, many patients notice excess skin, especially around the abdomen, and wonder about plastic surgery. While each insurance company differs in coverage, cosmetic surgery is typically not a covered benefit. However, there may be some circumstances where insurance approval can be obtained. We recommend patients contact their insurance company personally for questions regarding this particular issue.
The bariatric support group shares experiences, provides encouragement and education. Anyone who has had or is considering having bariatric surgery is encouraged to attend our support group meetings.