Published on February 07, 2014

Weight gain after bariatric surgery? What to do

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Dr. RamIt’s the last thing you expected—or wanted—after bariatric surgery: weight gain. And yet it does happen to some patients. If you are gaining weight after bariatric surgery, contact your doctor right away to make sure there are no serious problems, advises Prashanth Ramachandra, MD, director of Mercy Bariatrics at Mercy Fitzgerald.

For some, weight gain is a natural response: over time, the stomach stretches and you need more food to feel full. For others, unhealthy eating habits have resurfaced. But at Mercy Fitzgerald, the Mercy Bariatrics program offers continual support to get patients back on track for weight loss.

Take Back Control Over Your Weight Loss

Patient participation is key to success in bariatric surgery, says Dr. Ramachandra. Mercy Fitzgerald provides psychological counseling services, diet and nutrition classes, support groups and exercise classes. In the monthly support groups, you’ll meet people just like you, who can share the same ups and downs of losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. In addition, these support groups offer educational materials designed to help you keep the weight off and improve your overall health.

Patients who’ve had bariatric surgery must also adjust their diet — reducing portion size and cutting back on sugar and fat.

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But the good news? The body adjusts over time. “Eventually patients will change their eating patterns,” says Dr. Ramachandra. “This helps in maintaining the weight loss.”

That’s also why Mercy Fitzgerald offers exercise and wellness classes designed for bariatric patients, so they can learn new eating habits and how to adjust to their new lifestyle. “We have an extremely successful program,” says Dr. Ramachandra. “In terms of weight loss and resolution of comorbidity or multiple medical conditions, our patients do exceedingly well.”