What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery

If you’re getting ready to have weight loss surgery, you’re probably looking ahead to the results.

You can expect to lose a lot of weight. If you have a weight-related medical condition, like type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea, those conditions may improve. And almost all people who get weight loss surgery — 95% — say their quality of life improves, too.

You’ll want to get ready for the recovery and know what you’ll need to do to make the changes last.

How Much Weight Will You Lose?

Ask your doctor exactly what you can expect. It may depend, in part, on what you weigh now and the type of surgery you get.

Although gastric banding is one option, sleeve gastrectomy is becoming more popular. People who get sleeve gastrectomy lose about 40% of extra weight.

On average, people lose 60% of their extra weight after gastric bypass surgery.

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