What Are the Reasons Weight Loss Surgery Fails?

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on November 10th, 2011 in Weight Loss

Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool to help patients improve their health and lose weight.

Most patients get very successful results, but sometimes, after initial success, weight loss surgery patients experience a leveling-off of their weight loss or even begin to regain the weight.

Sometimes, the initial surgery does not lead to satisfactory results.

The patient and doctor must evaluate the best course of action to put weight loss back on track in either case.

Why Does Weight Loss Surgery Fail?

First, it is important to understand that success and failure are very subjective. Each patient has unique goals and benchmarks for a satisfactory outcome after weight loss surgery. It is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon before having the procedure to have an accurate understanding of the potential results. All the members of your bariatric team can help you achieve your long-term objectives for weight loss and improved health.

There are several reasons that patients may not get the results they were hoping for, and by being aware of them in advance, you can increase your chances of weight loss success. The most important step that patients can take to be successful is to stay on top of their nutrition and exercise plan.

Sometimes, after losing weight, patients begin to follow their diets less strictly or ease up a little when exercising. If this becomes a habit, it can sabotage your weight loss accomplishments. Ensuring you continue to control your food choices, portion sizes, and exercise habits is the first, most important step toward maintaining a healthy weight. After all, weight loss surgery is a tool you must use in tandem with lifestyle changes to achieve lasting success.

Our Emotional Relationship with Food

Many of us have a complex emotional relationship with food. If a patient is eating to cope with stress, it may not suffice to reduce appetite. Some patients continue to overeat or to eat high-calorie foods even after surgery, which can impede progress. Learning alternative ways to handle stress will provide many weight-management and health-maintenance benefits in the long run.

There are other reasons patients may not have the desired results. Immediately after Lap-Band surgery, the adjustable gastric banding device is not inflated to its optimal volume. To work properly, it has to be correctly adjusted to restrict the size of the stomach yet does not cause uncomfortable side effects. Your bariatric surgeon will adjust the band for a proper fit during your regularly scheduled follow-up appointments.

The majority of people who have weight loss surgery have satisfactory results. However, there are some people for whom the initial surgery is less effective than they had hoped. In these rare cases, consulting with your doctor on the most appropriate medical response is the first step to resolving the issue.

If you are concerned that your weight loss surgery was not effective, schedule an appointment with our surgeons, nurses, and nutritional experts, who can complete a thorough evaluation and recommend effective options.