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Bariatric Surgery for 50 to 100 lbs Weight Loss?

Patients that are wanting to lose a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time may elect for certain weight loss surgeries. Weight loss surgery requires the patient to have realistic expectations. A bariatric surgeon can help to discuss a patient’s individual needs, as well as address concerns. 

FAQs on Bariatric Surgery for 50 to 100 lbs overweight

Can I get Bariatric Surgery for just 50 to 100 lbs Weight Loss?

Yes. Generally speaking there are a few options with a goal weight of 50 to 100 pounds. It also depends on your initial starting weight and height, and your current excess weight.

Can I get approved for bariatric surgery with needing to lose only 50 pounds?

Yes, typically you will only be approved by our surgeons for the gastric balloon procedure.

Is Bariatric Surgery Safe for 50 to 100 lbs Weight Loss?

If you are considering bariatric surgery, it is normal to have some concerns about the safety of the procedures. Speaking with one of our surgeons or medical team can help you have an open conversation about what to expect, as well as any risks that you should be aware of. According to Penn Medicine, bariatric surgery has been found to be one of the safest surgeries a patient can undergo when compared to other elective surgeries. 

Bariatric Surgery Options

Typically bariatric surgery was only reserved for those who needed to lose considerable weight. Since bariatric surgery has first evolved, bariatric surgeons and medical professionals often support the surgery to an even wider population, as the benefits of surgery far exceed the risks of surgery.

Those who ideal weight loss is 50 to 100 pounds, can safely look into two types of bariatric surgeries: gastric sleeve surgery and the gastric balloon procedure. Although other bariatric procedures could provide weight loss in this range, gastric sleeve and gastric balloon are ideal for those individuals 50 to 100 pounds overweight.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy. This type of surgery restricts your food intake by modifying your stomach, which leads to weight loss. An individual’s weight loss will vary, but patients could lose anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds. For this surgery, small incisions are made in the abdomen. A portion of the stomach is then removed. What is left is what resembles a sleeve. Food will continue along a patient’s digestive tract the same way. The only thing that will have been modified will be the size of the stomach. 

Gastric sleeve surgery may be an option for patients that: 

  • Have a body mass index of 30 or higher

How Much Weight Will I Lose after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

How much weight a patient could lose depends on many different factors. Your surgeon can help give you a better idea on realistic expectations for the procedure. On average, patients may lose around 60% of their excess weight. The following guide is only an estimation of a patient’s timeline and should only be used as a guide. 

  • The first 2 weeks: a patient may lose around 10 to 20 pounds. Patients may lose around one pound a day following the procedure. 
  • The first 3 months: around 35% of the excess weight may be lost. 
  • The first 6 months: around 50% of the excess weight may be lost. 
  • The first year: 60% of the excess weight may be lost. 

Gastric Balloon

Gastric balloons are also referred to as stomach balloons. These devices are temporary and removable, being utilized to help patients achieve weight loss by taking up space in their stomach. Gastric balloons are saline balloons that are placed inside the stomach by using an endoscopy. They can remain in the stomach for up to six months. They work by restricting food intake and may be advantageous to some patients that do not want to take an invasive surgical approach to weight loss. 

A intragastric balloon may be an option for patients that:

  • Have a body mass index between 30 and 40 
  • Willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle following the procedure 
  • Have not had previous stomach and esophageal surgery

How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose with a Gastric Balloon?

Weight loss values can vary depending on the individual patient. The amount you lose can depend on your starting weight, as well as your ability to maintain your new healthy lifestyle. Patients may be able to lose around 10 to 20 percent of their starting weight. 

Gastric Sleeve Surgery and Gastric Balloon Statistics on Weight Loss

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimated in 2017 that 228,000 people in the United States underwent a weight loss procedure. 

In a study published in the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 156 patients were followed up with 5 years after gastric sleeve surgery. It was concluded that diabetes remitted in 75% of the patients. In all patients that were wearing CPAP masks for obstructive sleep apnoea, they were withdrawn. Patients that had a BMI that was less than 40 before the start of the procedure achieved a greater rate of weight loss. The mortality rate for this study was 0%.

According to Mayo Clinic, patients that undergo intragastric balloon placement may be able to lose around 7 to 15 percent of their total body weight. 

According to a study published in the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons that included 139 patients, overweight adults that failed other treatments had an acceptable safety profile and excellent weight loss following a six month intragastric balloon treatment. 

If you’re looking for more information or wanting to see your eligibility, please apply for surgery today.

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