It’s no surprise that the issue of obesity in the United States is growing every year. Bariatric surgery is one of the most common methods patients with high levels of body fat use to shed excess weight. But losing weight through surgery is only half the battle toward a healthy body weight. For many, keeping the weight off after bariatric surgery can be the most daunting task on their road to a healthier lifestyle.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that approximately 50% of patients gain back as much as 5% of their original body weight within 2 years after bariatric surgery. Sometimes patients gain even more weight back. If bariatric surgery is only one hurdle toward weight loss, what is the next step?