Failed Weight Loss Surgery
Sometimes weight loss surgery patients do not achieve their target goal weight. While that can be very disappointing, it does not have to signal the end of your weight loss journey. There are various weight loss surgical procedures that treat obesity. However, even with these various procedures, it is still possible to either not achieve a sustained result or not achieve the level of weight loss you desire.
The different types of weight loss procedures include:
- Gastric bypass
- Gastric sleeves
The different procedures have different success rates and outcomes. For instance, gastric sleeves/gastrectomies typically have a 5 year time span in which they are effective. A study conducted by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine suggest that as many as 40% of gastric bypass patients can expect a failure. The failure to sustain weight-loss success is a definite possibility. Even if failure does occur, it should not be enough to deter you from achieving your weight loss goals.
Following any weight loss procedure, you should experience significant weight loss within the first year. Many patients will lose the weight they desire in that one-year period. However, some people find that depending on the procedure they have, the weight can return. Recently, New York University School of Medicine researchers conducted a study that included 11 gastric bypass patients failed weight loss. Each of these 11 failed gastric bypass patients underwent a gastric banding procedure. On average, prior to the banding procedure, patients had a mean BMI of 43.4 kg/m2. Approximately 13 months after the banding procedure, the mean BMI dropped to 37. 1 kg/m2. The researchers concluded the gastric band was both an effective and safe solution to remedy a failed gastric bypass surgery.
There are many reasons for a failed procedure. They include:
- Physiological adaptation to the surgical modifications
- Mechanical failure due to body pressure or the movement of food
- Expansion or stretching of the stomach pouch
- You experience any number of complications, including an ulcer
- Increased efficiency of the small intestine
- Failed lifestyle and dietary modifications
- Surgical error
Generally speaking, a failed weight loss procedure has occurred if you start eating greater portions or are experiencing an overall decrease in the quality of life. Other notable symptoms of a failed weight loss surgery include additional health issues created by the procedure, the regaining of the majority of the original weight lost or the loss of less than 50% of your excess weight.
If you are truly committed to reaching your goal weight, you should not let a failed surgery stand in your way. A Slimband surgeon will evaluate your medical condition and make a recommendation based on their findings. It is inadvisable to redo any of the invasive surgeries such as gastric bypass or gastroplasty as there are significant health risks associated with reoperation. Unlike other surgeries, the Slimband procedure is non-invasive, creates a small pouch that makes you feel full faster, and is adjustable. Slimband offers an unmatched 5 year follow-up support program that ensures we will be with you every step along your weight loss journey. The Slimband procedure is a safe and effective way to reverse previous failed weight-loss procedure, giving you the optimum chance at becoming the healthier and lighter you that you always envisioned.
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