A wide range of factors can contribute to failed weight loss surgery. These include age, initial weight, compliance with surgery follow-up, and others.
But there can also be problems based on the procedure that was initially performed.
Adjustable gastric band placement, for example, typically has a higher failure rate, compared to some other surgeries.
Some possible reasons for revision bariatric surgeries include:
There may be a mechanical failure from the previous operation, such as a lap band slip. 70% of lap band patients struggle with adequate weight loss and are not comfortable with their band and fills.
In addition, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration are common. The lap band may need to be removed and converted to a gastric sleeve in order to achieve the desired weight loss.
A thorough workup is necessary to better understand why a patient is not losing weight. Only after we do that can we tailor a plan for surgical therapy.
Resuming Unhealthy Eating Habits
Going back to an unhealthy diet after the surgery can still contribute to weight gain even if taken in smaller quantities. Eating fast food, sugar, and processed foods can affect your weight. That’s why it’s essential to consult with a bariatric dietitian to create a food plan tailored specifically for you. These new and healthier food plans can help you lose weight quickly and provide you with the necessary nutrition your body needs to function properly.
Lack of Exercise
Exercise helps your body burn off the excess calories you consume. Ignoring calorie-burning exercises can slow down weight loss, even if you are not gaining as many extra pounds each day.
There are some medications that can result in weight gains such as beta-blockers, steroids, and antidepressants. If you’re taking any of these, it might be the reason why you haven’t been able to lose as much weight as expected or get back on track with your healthy lifestyle choices.