How Fast Does The Weight Come Off?

If you're deciding between gastric bypass surgery and the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band), you may base your choice partly on how quickly each bariatric procedure works.

Gastric bypass patients typically lose 50% of their excess weight in the first year, and up to 70% of this excess weight stays off for the long term.

Weight loss with the Lap-Band is slower, averaging about three to four pounds per month, with 50 to 60% of the weight staying off for good.

To optimize weight loss with either procedure, patients need to develop a healthy lifestyle, including frequent exercise and compliance with their post-surgery diet. Additional surgery to reshape your body is best performed after weight loss has stabilized and been maintained for at least six months.