How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose After Weight Loss Surgery?

Modern weight loss surgeries have been refined into precise procedures that yield reliable results for appropriate candidates. If you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, there’s no question that you WILL lose weight after surgery. The amount of weight you will lose depends on factors such as your starting weight, health, type of weight loss surgery, and lifestyle; notwithstanding, the average patient can expect significant and life-changing weight loss after bariatric surgery.

The First Month

During the first month after surgery, your body will begin to adjust to the surgical changes to your stomach and digestive tract. This process kick-starts immediate weight loss. Most patients will lose between 8 and 18 pounds by their post-operative visit about 2.5 weeks after surgery. With necessary dietary changes and graduated introduction of physical exercise, accelerated weight loss will continue.

6 Months to 1 Year

By 6 months after weight loss surgery, patients can expect to lose a significant and noticeable amount of weight. Some patients will lose as much as 50 to 65 percent of the excess weight within 6 months. Depending on the procedure, a patient can lose up to 90 percent of their excess weight within 1 year after surgery. This incredible amount of weight loss will drastically improve quality of life. This degree of weight loss is usually associated with vastly improved health; in some cases, it can facilitate the complete elimination of health complications such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.

Increasing Your Potential for Weight Loss Success

As should be expected, a patient’s success with weight loss surgery is dependent on dedication. Major weight loss requires permanent lifestyle adaptations. Certain types of food must be replaced with newer, healthier alternatives. The “what”, “how”, and “why” of your eating experience will also need to change, and daily exercise must be incorporated. Patients who fully embrace their desire for change can experience weight loss results that are truly miraculous.

Sadly, patients who do not maintain their new healthy way of life may over time begin to regain the weight they previously lost. To avoid the pains of relapse and regret, work closely in tandem with our team and your loved ones to persevere through the challenges. We will be here to support and assist you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a healthier body and a better future.