Gastric bypass surgery is a safe, effective weight-loss procedure that divides the stomach into two pouches, reducing caloric consumption and absorption. The vast majority of gastric bypass patients lose significant weight and enjoy an improvement in their health and quality of life. In fact, weight loss usually comes easily the first couple of years after surgery. Beyond this time frame, patients can typically enjoy sustained weight loss if they stay committed to a healthy lifestyle. Tijuana Bariatrics is proud to feature top surgeons, Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez, whose expertise can provide positive, long-term gastric bypass surgery results. Reach out to Tijuana Bariatrics today and find out how this safe, effective weight-loss procedure can transform your life.
Being more active and fit can lead to a better social life, stronger interpersonal relationships, and even improved job performance.
Weight Loss in the First Year
Gastric bypass surgery is designed to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat, while also reducing your absorption of calories. With this comprehensive weight-loss approach, most patients will experience a substantial reduction in excess body weight within the first six months of their surgery. Since the stomach will not be able to hold as much food at any given time, the first weeks and months after surgery consist of an adjustment period as patients learn to eat less. Certain food may also be difficult to eat at first. Eventually though, patients will be able to determine which foods and quantities work best for them. After about a year, most patients who follow their post-surgical instructions, including their diet and exercise recommendations, can achieve their goal weight.
Keeping the Weight Off
During the first year or two after gastric bypass surgery, diet and exercise changes often come easily. With all the rapid weight loss, patients are often excited about staying healthy by eating right and being active. Once weight loss goals are reached, however, it may be tempting to be less diligent sticking with healthy diet and exercise habits. To maintain a healthy weight though, patients should continue to exercise, keep snacking to a minimum, eat small portions, and have a strong support system that encourages good habits.
Ongoing Health Benefits
The list of direct and indirect health benefits connected to significant weight loss is long and impressive. Obesity-related conditions that may be resolved after gastric bypass surgery include sleep apnea, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Getting healthy, of course, means that you feel better, but it can have some other great benefits too. With improved health, patients can save money on doctors' visits and medications. As patients lose substantial weight, they often are able to do things with family and friends they might not have been able to do before. Being more active and fit can lead to a better social life, stronger interpersonal relationships, and even improved job performance. Given all the physical and social advantages gastric bypass patients enjoy, it should be no surprise that many of them also report improved metal health and self-esteem.