Average Weight Loss After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

December 20, 2014 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss

Standing on a bathroom scaleYou may have noticed how much we've written about gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) on our blog. That's because Dr. Fernando Garcia believes in its effectiveness. In fact, many patients have come to our Tijuana weight loss surgery practice in order to undergo gastric sleeve because they know that the results can be remarkable.

How remarkable?

Let's take a moment right now to consider how much patients typically lose on average thanks to gastric sleeve surgery.

How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Works

During gastric sleeve surgery, the size of a patient's stomach is surgically reduced. By doing this, gastric sleeve help patients in the following ways:

  • Patients become fuller faster, consuming fewer calories
  • Patients experience sensations of hunger less frequently
  • Patients are restricted in the amount of calories they consume in one sitting

The combination of the above makes gastric sleeve one of the most popular options around for surgical weight loss. The results are notable as well.

Average Total Weight Loss for Most Gastric Sleeve Patients

According to statistics from 2012, the average gastric sleeve patient will typically lose 60% of their excess body weight. This number includes people who follow their post-op instructions to the letter as well as people who do not follow their post-op instructions at all, so the findings are a tad skewed.

If gastric sleeve patients follow their instructions closely and eat right, they can lose up to 80% of their excess weight and generally keep that weight off in the process.

Weight Loss from Month to Month After Gastric Sleeve

Patients should notice the most pronounced weight loss in the first six months to a year after the gastric sleeve has been performed. During this time, patients will lose more than half of their excess body weight, perhaps significantly more. By the end of two years, the total amount of excess weight loss should taper off and stabilize. This is where the 60% of excess body weight figure comes from.

While the weight amounts can vary, consistent weight loss from month to month tends to be key for the most ideal results. You and your bariatric surgeon can monitor your weight loss over time to determine how effective or ineffective your gastric sleeve is and what can be done to improve results.

What makes successful weight loss more likely after gastric sleeve?

Some keys to ensuring gastric sleeve success include regular exercise, eating healthy, speaking with friends and family about issues you may have, maintaining a support network, and regular visits to you doctor.

Is it possible to regain weight after gastric sleeve surgery?

Yes. Some patients do regain some of the weight they've lost after the initial year. This is normal to a certain degree simply given the nature of your body adjusting after surgery. However, the weight that is regained need not be significant so long as you follow the strategies for success above.

We Will Help Provide Information So You Can Maximize Your Success

Gastric sleeve surgery is a process and a lifestyle adjustment, which means it's important to have the information and guidance necessary to take this journey. That is precisely what we provide to our patients. During the consultation process, we can discuss various means by which you can ensure the short-term and the long-term success of your gastric sleeve surgery.

Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you lose excess weight and keep it off, be sure to contact our bariatric surgery center today. Dr. Garcia and his team look forward to meeting you in person and discussing all of your options for enhancing your health and wellness.