One of the questions sleeve gastrectomy patients ask on a regular basis is, “Will my stomach stretch after surgery?”
Will your stomach stretch over time? It’s entirely natural, healthy and essential for your lifelong success. The key is being mindful of the volume of food you ingest and choosing nutrient dense proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
Healthy stretching of your stomach postoperatively is necessary to get enough nutrients to stay healthy. However, it can become a problem if patients are mindless in their eating behaviors or engage in emotional or binge eating, causing unnecessary stomach stretching, which could lead to weight regain.
We encourage patients to think through their past actions and choices that lead them to become obese in the first place. Whether lifestyle choices, dietary choices, emotional eating, pharmacology, or other unhealthy behaviors were at play.
Weight Regain after Gastric Sleeve
Although difficult, patients can regain weight after sleeve surgery for a variety of reasons. A larger stomach, will not necessarily cause weight regain. Weight gain can be a multifactorial problem; The key is to remember that gastric sleeve surgery is a tool to support healthy behavior change.