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Loss of Muscle Mass

There are many potential bariatric surgery side effects, and one which we often explain to our patients is the potential for a loss of muscle mass. Use the bariatric surgery information below to learn more about why this occurs, and how it can be avoided.

After bariatric surgery, the body transforms into what we call a catabolic or “breakdown” state.  This is perceived by your body as being in a starvation state and by trying to combat starvation, your body will hoard its precious fat until any other usable fuel has been burned.   In general the body will prefer to use muscle as energy before consuming fat after bariatric surgery as a result.  This is why, if muscle is not regularly used (as in regular exercise), more muscle will be consumed to meet energy needs, contributing to loss of muscle mass being one of the more common bariatric surgery side effects.

Loss of muscle mass after bariatric surgery is preventable. It is important to exercise regularly during active weight loss after bariatric surgery. Many of our patients find that after a few weeks or months of regular daily exercise, that they actually begin to enjoy it, and start to work out even more. Fairly vigorous exercise for more than 30 minutes a day can greatly enhance fat-loss, increase weight loss and prevent muscle loss.

Learn about more after bariatric surgery side effects by exploring the rest of this section of our website, and call the New York Bariatric Group at 800-633-8446 for more information.

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“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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