Can My Stomach Grow Back after Gastric Sleeve?

If you are considering gastric sleeve surgery, it is natural to have questions and concerns. A common question that many patients ask is if their stomach can grow back after gastric sleeve. I am happy to answer any and all of my patients’ questions. I think the best patients are informed patients.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery
In order to answer the question, it is important to understand what gastric sleeve surgery entails.
During gastric sleeve surgery, I remove a large portion of the stomach so only a narrow, banana-shaped pouch remains. This pouch is significantly smaller than the original stomach, which means that it holds significantly less food. The result? You feel fuller, faster.

Eating After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
One of the criteria to undergo gastric sleeve surgery is that you are prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits. This is because after gastric sleeve surgery you are only able to eat small quantities of food.

It is also because patients that do not modify their eating habits after surgery risk stretching out their stomach. Constantly overeating can cause the stomach to stretch beyond its reduced size. This is what many patients are referring to when they ask about their stomach growing back. While it is extremely difficult to stretch out your smaller stomach, it is possible.
Long-Term Success Lies With the Patient

I take pride in helping patients achieve weight loss success with gastric sleeve surgery. The results are life changing.

However, long-term success lies with the patient. Relationships with food are complicated. It is up to each patient to understand how their relationship with food may impact their long-term success.

Ultimately, your relationship with food will determine the size of your stomach.
I believe that all my patients have the ability to achieve their weight loss goals. Making consistent choices can have long-term results. You can do the following to help maintain your new stomach size:

1. Rethink your relationship with food
2. Create new eating habits
3. Strengthen your mental health
4. Avoid foods with a lot of sugar
5. Engage in regular physical activity
6. Take your suggested vitamin supplements
7. Try not to eat and drink at the same time
8. Opt for high protein foods
9. Continue to prioritize your health
10. Trust in yourself

Schedule Your Gastric Sleeve Consultation Today
Gastric sleeve surgery is safe and effective for weight loss. If you want to know if you are a gastric sleeve surgery candidate, then you should schedule a personal consultation with me. Please contact my office by calling 1 (800) 381-8115. I look forward to answering your questions and understanding your concerns!

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