Stuck at Half-Mast
By Ronda L. Hart, MSN APRN-BC CBN
Is this happening to you?
You made it through surgery just fine. The weight was coming off as anticipated and you were cruising along. But a couple of years later you pulled out your scale and suddenly discovered you gained weight.
For many patients after surgery, there is a certain amount of weight regain that can occur. In one study, weight regain was observed within 24 months after surgery in approximately 50% of patients (Magro et al., 2008). In another study, 59% of the patients regained 20% or more of the weight they lost after gastric bypass surgery (Barham, 2011).
It is important to be aware that there is a possibility of gaining all of your weight back after bariatric surgery and possibly even more. Why does this happen? Here are several common causes:
Most people do lose weight after their procedure. The risk of weight regain can be minimized if you are committed to your nutrition, behavior and fitness goals. If you find you are gaining weight, schedule an appointment with your bariatric program to get back on track as well as rule out any physical causes that may be contributing to your weight regain.
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