Weight Gain After Bariatric Surgery
Weight gain after bariatric surgery is a common concern of patients that have undergone weight loss surgery or may be considering the surgery. Many bariatric patients have experienced the ups and downs of dieting for many years so it’s no surprise that is one of their main concerns. Weight gain after surgery is possible but the goal of the bariatric team is to work with the patient to monitor, discuss and assist the patient as soon as possible to keep them on target with their health and weight loss goals.
Weight gain can be caused by multiple factors including behavioral or lifestyle changes (eating habits and exercise patterns), emotional stress, hormonal changes, or physical abnormalities that may arise after surgery. It is important that you continue to meet with you physician after surgery, consult with a dietician familiar with your surgery and nutritional requirements, and attend bariatric support groups to listen and have discussions with people that have been through what you have been through, and may be experiencing what you are experiencing. Meeting with your bariatric team will help you quickly identify the cause and find a solution that works. If you are doing well and not regaining weight, this support system will help keep you on track with your new, healthy lifestyle.
Factors that are most common in those experiencing weight gain after a bariatric procedure include not adhering to reduced calorie consumption and lack of physical activity. Emotional stress can also cause people to go back to old habits. It is important to speak with the dietician about your nutritional plan, follow that plan and add an exercise routine to your daily schedule.
If you are experiencing emotional stress, it could help to seek professional counseling, talk with trusted family members or friends, and attend bariatric support group sessions whether live or online. This will help you feel better about your situation, help you overcome your challenges, keep you from feeling alone and keep you on track in your new, healthy lifestyle.
If you are experiencing discomfort, pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or other physical symptoms after your surgery, it is important to call your surgeon’s office.
Below are some tips to help you on your health and weight loss journey:
- Exercise – 30 minutes everyday
- Calorie consumption – be in contact with a registered dietician familiar with the lifestyle and eating requirements of the bariatric patient
- If you are experiencing a period of sadness or depression, seek help from a professional counselor, psychiatrist or your physician. Trusted family members and friends may help as well.
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