Does Weight Loss Surgery Work? By Gerald Witt on February 27, 2022

does weight loss surgery in Mexico workObesity is a lifelong disease that effects 36.5 percent of the US population and about 28% of the Canadian population.  That said there is no option in the world that provides a 100% cure for obesity.  Weight Loss Surgery is not a cure, it is a tool that when used correctly by the weight loss surgery patient can provide very successful long term life changing results, so to answer the question does weight loss surgery work, the answer is yes, but if the patient does their part.  Weight loss surgery’s key to success is good aftercare and lifestyle changes that will provide the patient wonderful long-term results not only for weight loss; but overall healthy lifestyle as well.

Taking care of your body is not just about the way you look, it goes much further, it is about health and lifestyle changes. Being Overweight or obese can cause life-long severe diseases, psychological and emotional problems. Weight Loss Surgery is a weight loss option for people who are obese and have comorbidities that endanger their health. Weight loss surgery helps patients start their weight-loss journey. The surgery is only the start however; the rest depends on each patient’s commitment to change.  As the patients begin losing weight, they become healthier and live fuller and more active lives and strive to succeed on their new diet and lifestyle helping the tool that is the surgery work with their weight loss goals.

It is common that weight loss surgery patients lose between 65 and 85 percent of their excess weight in the first 12 to 18 months after their surgery. Weight loss surgery patients should be able to lose weight and lower their BMI to help them get down to their ideal body weight. However, the entre process and each patient’s success will depend on how much each patient commits to their weight loss journey.

Weight Loss Surgery success is generally defined as achieving at least 60 percent loss or more of excess body weight.  Of course the long term success depends on the changes each patient makes with their healthy new lifestyle… Are they going to find hobbies that involve physical activity, sports or working out.  The most difficult part of the journey is making changes the patient is not used to performing, but once weight starts coming off, it is easier to live a more physical lifestyle.

Committing to a post weight loss surgery diet and making lifestyle changes requires many interpersonal adjustments for the patient, how the patient thinks about him/her self. Obviously, as part of the surgery process, patients must stick to a healthy diet and add physical activity to their new lifestyle. People need to know; weight loss surgery will work long term only if the patient commits to their weight loss and works hard to change their habits and lifestyle permanently.

As such, the answer to the question: does the weight loss surgery work? Would be ‘yes’ weight loss surgery helps people lose their original excess bodyweight and keep most of it off, far better than a strict diet and exercise without surgery. With weight loss surgery there will be lower rates of obesity related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, high pressure, heart disease among others within the patients as well.  Overall as a tool weight loss surgery is a very helpful tool that can change an obese patients life and get them back on track for a healthy new life.

Weight Loss Surgery works in three important ways:

  1. Restrictive Weight Loss Surgery: Limits how much food a patient’s stomach can hold at any time
  2. Malabsortive Weight Loss Surgery: Preventing patient’s digestive system from absorbing calories and nutrients in the food patients eat.
  3. A combination of the two options above.

Weight Loss Surgery is typically a safe procedure that carries as any other surgery some risk of infection, blood clots, complications or side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea etc. However, getting a thorough checkup to find any potential problems before having surgery and choosing an experienced and qualified surgeon or bariatric team like Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta the bariatric surgical center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital headed by Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo will help the patient have a successful experience for their weight loss surgery.

For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:

Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital



Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911

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The Weight Loss Team

The Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta is dedicated to the continued weight loss success of every patient. Through our state-of-the-art technology, advanced techniques, and easy access to online support, patients can expect successful weight loss surgery that creates lasting results. Patients travel from around the world to our practice to experience:

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Experienced Surgeons
  • Multiple Surgical Options
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Methods
  • Affordable Care
  • Life-Changing Results

If you're ready to lose weight and sustain a healthy, happy lifestyle, contact our Puerto Vallarta practice by filling out our online form or calling 800-404-9064.

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