Bariatric Operation – What to Expect?

Bariatric Operation – What to Expect?

Weight Loss Expectations – Bariatric Operation

Patients often want to know what to expect when they undergo a life-changing bariatric operation. From the bariatric surgery, to the weight loss expectations, patients rightly ask questions before they commit to a procedure. 

Surgical weight loss has been in development since the 1950’s. The weight loss operations that are performed in America today are refined and carefully honed products of the earlier procedures. Offering effective and fast weight loss for patients suffering from obesity, bariatric operations can change lives. 

When comparing results from bariatric operations to  those from diet and exercise, the results are clear and compelling. Surgical weight loss procedures offer Americans a lifeline when it comes to obesity. Often very obese patients struggle greatly with diet and exercise. Failing to lose weight and not achieving weight loss goals is disheartening. 

Bariatric operations are a good route for patients who have a BMI, body mass index of 30 or more. In fact, they can expect greater results and more sustained weight loss through surgery. When diet and exercise is not working, weight loss procedures can be the answer. However, the amount of weight loss varies depending on the procedure and the patient. 

How Much Weight Can I Expect To Lose?

Weight loss is individual and it does depend on the type of surgery, the success of that operation and the patient’s commitment. 

If a patient has one of the following bariatric operations:

  • Gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Duodenal switch 

They can expect to see a 70 to 80 percent excess weight loss post surgery. If a patient adjusts their diet and incorporates a workout routine or takes regular exercise, results can be greater. On the other hand, if a patient continues to eat a poor diet and doesn’t work out, results can be impacted.

On the other hand, weight loss with a lap-band is somewhat less at around 50 percent of excess weight loss. The average bariatric operation will maintain about 50 to 65 percent of excess weight loss. 

Bariatric Operation Results – Weight Loss Goals

In addition to more substantial and sustainable weight loss, bariatric operations have a more favorable impact on comorbidities. In fact weight loss surgery can minimise the effects of obesity-related comorbidities or resolve them completely. Diet and medical weight loss methods cannot compete with these results. 

In some cases, diabetic patients with a BMI of 30 or more will likely experience a 20 to 35 percent excess weight loss. Also type 2 diabetes patients can expect a lower fasting blood glucose and have a greater likelihood of diabetes remission. Great news for diabetic patients looking to undergo weight loss surgery in the US. This promotes normal blood sugar levels and consequently discontinuation of medications for the treatment of diabetes. Financially this is another bonus for diabetics. 

Plus the gastric bypass and duodenal switch have the highest diabetes remission rates at about 85 percent. Given the insidious nature of diabetes, and the potential complications that greatly diminish quality of life, this is fantastic news. 


Impact on Comorbidities After Bariatric Operation

Patients with high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol with a BMI greater than 30 with the same 20-35 percent excess weight loss will also see higher remission rates with bariatric surgery. Again, very compelling data given the difficulty of managing hypertension and its long term side effects.

Finally, quality of life is greatly improved with bariatric operations for the morbidly obese patient. In addition, life expectancy is favorably impacted with bariatric surgery compared to dietary or medical weight loss treatment.

Do I Qualify for Bariatric Surgery in the US?

In summary, if you have a BMI of 26-30, weight loss achieved through diet and lifestyle changes is your best initial option. 

However, if your BMI is greater than 35 with major medical comorbidities such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • High cholesterol

Or your BMI is greater than 40 without any comorbidities, a life-changing bariatric operation is the best choice for substantial and sustainable weight loss. This surgery will also help improve any comorbidities and improve your quality of life. The data are definitive and very compelling. A bariatric operation is highly effective for the morbidly obese patient who has struggled with achieving long-term weight loss over the years.

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Bariatric Surgery – What to Expect?

Any medical procedure can cause anxiety and stress. To put your mind at ease when it comes to bariatric operations, we will explain what you should expect on the day of your surgery. 

What Happens On the Day of Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is performed under general anesthesia. This means that you will be unconscious during the whole operation. Your surgery will depend on your BMI, comorbidities, your healthcare provider’s recommendations and of course your own preference. Many weight loss procedures are performed with the help of robotic systems. 

Will I Feel Pain After Surgery?

You may feel pain in your abdomen after surgery. This is where small incisions were made during surgery. Some patients may also notice neck and shoulder pain after a laparoscopic procedure. It is normal to feel pain after any operation and your doctor will likely prescribe pain relief. You should rest. Surgery requires a period of recovery so don’t try to do too much at once. Take things easy and let your body recover. Patients will be able to go home after 24 to 48 hours.

What Will I Be Able to Eat?

After surgery you won’t eat for 2 days. This will allow your stomach to heal. After 48 hours, you can start to drink liquid, such as soup, juice, water. Then, you can try pureed food or very soft food. After a while you can eventually eat solid food again. This process will help your digestive system to recover. If you try to eat hard food, you may experience problems and pain. Only after 8 weeks can you eat normally. However food will start with three meals a day. A meal will be 1 cup of food. It’s important to stop eating before you feel full. Although this can be difficult at first.

At the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute, we can help you to accomplish your weight loss goals. Our patients benefit from robotic bariatric operations. Unlike traditional bariatric surgery, medical robots offer more precise incisions which minimises bleeding and pain. Transforming the way weight loss surgery is performed in the US, robotic bariatric procedures are best for a fast recovery and low complication risk. This also means you can expect a shorter stay in hospital after your surgery with a fast recovery. 

If you’re considering a bariatric operation this year or even next year, please call our weight loss experts today on 303-861-4505 to schedule your consultation. Take the first step to achieving your ideal weight and leading a healthy happier life. 

Thomas Brown, MD

Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute

Denver, Colorado

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