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Weight Gain Following Bariatric Surgery

Most patients who undergo a form of bariatric surgery will regain some of their weight in the first few years following their procedure. This is normal after a prolonged period of significant weight loss. Our bodies and especially our stomachs are as versatile as they are adaptable. As such, the normalization of the diet following your surgery will take a while to adjust. Additionally, stomachs stretch naturally like an elastic band. It’s inherently human to fluctuate in weight. You may also notice weight regain if you have been building muscle with weightlifting training. Muscle is denser than fat and retains water during exercise, leading to additional weight.

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When Should I Be Concerned About Weight Gain?

If you’re experiencing extreme fluctuations in weight both up and down, it’s a good idea to visit us. This can also lead to eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. We’ll analyze your lifestyle and habits and form a plan to help you. Other people may notice a stretching in the stoma, which is the opening between the small intestine and the stomach. This can be created during the surgery that may begin to stretch and grow. The main cause of this side effect is due to poor lifestyle habits following your bariatric surgery. If you have noticed a considerable weight gain or large gaining periods and then diet crashing, it’s time to schedule a meeting with us. We’ll help you analyze your situation and work together to find a solution.

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