Bariatric surgery offers a lifeline to people who are living with obesity and obesity-related health conditions. In addition to helping with weight loss, bariatric surgery can improve medical issues such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and heart disease.
But in order to receive long-term benefits from bariatric surgery, you must make an effort to maintain weight loss, such as eating a healthy diet and engaging in daily activity.
Although many patients maintain their initial weight loss after surgery, some regain weight. If this starts happening to you, the best way to get back on track is to acknowledge that you’re gaining weight and then to take steps to prevent additional weight gain.
At Peachtree Surgical & Bariatrics in Atlanta, Georgia, our care providers are deeply committed to helping all of our patients maintain weight loss after bariatric surgery. We want to do everything we can to help you avoid regaining weight and to support you if you need help getting back on track.
Here, we explain how you can recommit to your goals if you start gaining weight after bariatric surgery.
Receiving support and encouragement from others helps many of our patients get back on track after starting to regain weight. Our support groups, which meet several times per month, give you an opportunity to connect with others who are also working hard to control their weight.
Eating healthy foods and paying attention to portion sizes are crucial to maintaining weight loss. If your weight starts to creep up, counseling with our nutritional experts can help you make smart choices about what, how much, and when to eat.
We all eat for many reasons besides hunger. Behavioral counseling helps you understand and redirect behaviors that may contribute to weight gain.
In some cases, revision surgery offers a helpful way for you to get back on track. Revision surgery can make corrections to physical issues that may be contributing to weight gain.
For example, with gastric band revision surgery, we may replace your band with a new band. Or we may recommend removing the gastric band and performing gastric sleeve surgery instead.
If you may benefit from revision surgery, we discuss the surgical options that we believe best align with your health and weight loss goals.
Don’t wait to address regaining weight
The sooner you start taking steps to address your problem with regaining weight, the better. Don’t let embarrassment, shame, fear, or complacency get in your way.
We stand ready to help you on every step of your weight loss journey. Whether you’re considering initial bariatric surgery or revision surgery, or you simply need help getting back on track after surgery, our caring team can help.
We also offer financial assistance for qualified individuals or those without insurance coverage.
To meet with one of our specialists, contact us to request an appointment.