Interventions to improve long-term weight loss in patients following bariatric surgery: challenges and solutions

Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2015 Jun 23;8:263-74. doi: 10.2147/DMSO.S57054. eCollection 2015.


Bariatric surgery aims to provide long-term weight loss and improvement in weight-related comorbidities. Unfortunately, some patients do not achieve predicted weight loss targets and many regain a portion of their lost weight within 2-10 years postsurgery. A review of the literature found that behavioral, dietary, psychological, physical, and medical considerations can all play a role in suboptimal long-term weight loss. Recommendations to optimize long-term weight loss include ensuring that the patient understands how the procedure works, preoperative and postoperative education sessions, tailored nutritional supplements, restraint with liquid kilojoules, pureed foods, grazing and eating out of the home, an average of 60 minutes of physical activity per day, and lifelong annual medical, psychological, and dietary assessments.

Keywords: bariatric; surgery; weight.

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