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How Do Weight Loss Surgery Procedures Work?

Weight loss surgery procedures change the way you eat and/or they change the way your body processes food. By surgically restricting the size of your stomach and/or bypassing part of the digestive process, great amounts of weight can be lost at a fast, but safe rate. Depending on the weight loss surgery procedure, you can typically lose 40-80% of your excess weight in one to two years.

Surgery is just one step in the process. Since weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, changes the way the body handles food, it's much easier for those with serious weight problems to finally lose weight permanently. The weight loss itself occurs at a safe pace, usually taking up to one or two years. There are several factors which impact your weight loss. It will depend on the weight loss surgery procedure chosen along with the amount needed to be lost and, of course, your effort. Most patients find the process requires less effort than what they've tried before.

Weight loss surgery is usually recommended if you are at least 100 pounds overweight, or have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, and have exhausted all other methods. New surgical techniques and close monitoring of the weight loss process have greatly increased the safety of these procedures over the years and increased the success rate for losing weight and finally keeping it off.

How Quickly Will Weight Loss Surgery Help You Lose Weight?

Contrary to popular belief, there's no sudden drop in weight when you first have weight loss surgery. The surgery, in combination with healthy diet and exercise, makes it easier for you to lose weight safely over a period of time.

Once you recover from weight loss surgery and return to a more normal diet, you’ll usually notice weight loss starting to occur. It's highly recommended that you exercise. The good news is that you should feel more and more like exercising as the weight falls away. And since movement burns more calories, the more you move, the more you lose and the more you feel like moving. You may feel a renewed energy that makes you feel more active, more social, and generally happier.

The weight loss period is usually one to two years. Depending on the type of weight loss surgery, weight losses average from 40 to 80% of excess body weight. During this time your weight loss will be guided by both your physician and medical staff.

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