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Failed Gastric Bypass: What You Need to Know

Failure in Losing Weight After a Gastric Bypass Procedure

Research has demonstrated that gastric bypass helps the majority of patients lose between 60% and 80% of excessive weight two to three years after the procedure.

However, there are cases in which this is not the reality. Gastric bypass does not provoke weight loss on its own, but it helps patients achieve weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Therefore, it is essential for patients to follow their physician’s recommendations regarding diet, exercise, medication, and supplements, before and after the procedure. There are other causes for gastric bypass patient to fail at losing weight, but lack of compliance is the most common.

The study “Predictors for weight loss failure following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass” presents a retrospective analysis focused on identifying factors related to weight loss failure in patients submitted to gastric bypass.

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The researchers demonstrated that 24 months after surgery there was a weight loss failure rate of 11.2% — an important concern regarding the procedure. The results were close to previous reports, while advanced age and diabetes were statistically associated with failure.

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