In the early days of weight-loss surgery, Gilmore said, it was common for patients to gain their weight back. Today, though, she says the long-term success rate is about 75-80 percent (which is judged by the percentage of people who lose more than 50 percent of their body weight and keep it off.)
“I can’t think of anyone who has said they’d wished they’d never done it. It’s quick. It happens fast. They lose the weight,” Gilmore said.
She said she worked with a patient who, after having weigh-loss surgery and losing weight, ended up running in and finishing the Boston Marathon.
“They’re happy, their family members are happy, especially the kids,” Gilmore said. “When their parents are able to go outside and play football and ride bikes ... It’s the little things that we often take for granted.”