How Much Weight Will I Lose after Gastric Sleeve Surgery? By Allan Joseph Cribbins on December 21, 2021

woman checking her weightFor individuals who are medically obese, achieving their ideal weight often feels impossible. Losing a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise alone is difficult and can be extremely discouraging. Bariatric surgery offers faster and more effective results.

Gastric sleeve surgery drastically reduces the size of the stomach so that patients feel full faster and eat less. This promotes quick and effective weight loss. Individuals considering treatment at Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery, serving Plano, TX, and surrounding areas, often have one important question, “how much weight will I lose after gastric sleeve surgery?” Here, we discuss typical gastric sleeve weight loss results.

Factors that Affect Weight Loss after Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery alters the stomach so that it is roughly one tenth of the size it was prior to treatment. That reduction greatly limits the amount of food that the stomach can hold, and, therefore, the amount of calories being absorbed by the body. That being said, each of our Plano patient’s weight loss journeys after gastric sleeve surgery is unique. No two patients can expect to lose the exact same amount of weight, because weight loss is dependent on a number of different factors, including:

  • Starting weight and body mass index
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Overall health
  • Adherence to diet and exercise recommendations

Anticipated Weight Loss Results from Gastric Sleeve Surgery

While weight loss results will vary for each patient, individuals can expect to lose a significant amount of weight following gastric sleeve surgery. On average, gastric sleeve patients lose between 50 and 70 percent of their excess weight. Excess weight can be calculated by subtracting the patient’s ideal weight from their current weight. Patients should understand that it is possible to lose less or more than this.

How Quickly Will I Lose Weight?

Gastric sleeve candidates are often eager to learn not just how much weight they will lose after surgery, but also how quickly the weight will come off. The effects of gastric sleeve surgery are immediate, so patients start to lose weight as soon as they begin following their post-operative diet. 

Our Plano patients usually lose weight at a consistent rate for the first several months after gastric sleeve surgery, with the majority of total weight loss occurring within the first six months of surgical recovery. After that, it is normal for weight loss to slow down, or even plateau, once patients are close to or within their ideal weight range.

Promoting Weight Loss Success after Surgery 

Gastric sleeve surgery sets patients up for weight loss success, but they need to take their own steps to promote long-term weight loss and maintenance. To ensure that excess weight stays off, individuals should:

  • Stick to diet recommendations
  • Avoid falling back into any unhealthy pre-surgery eating habits
  • Eat small meals frequently throughout the day
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Maintain a regular exercise routine

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you on your weight loss journey, the doctors at Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery would be happy to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch with our bariatric team, send us a message online, or call (214) 501-1333.

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Dr. Cribbins and Dr. McCalman

Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery and they are affiliated with a number of national associations, including:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

To schedule a consultation, contact us online, or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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