Yes, is the conclusion of researchers who looked at 4,200 people for a period of 2-12 years. They found the average excess percentage of weight lost was 66% and that most people kept the weight off.
Although there was some weight re-gain, the majority of people were able to successfully maintain their weight loss. They did not find any differences in the amount of excess weight that people had to lose and their success at keeping the weight off.
Dr. Williams, one of the researchers, said people will get the most out of their surgery if they are good about following up with visits to a weight loss clinic to help them maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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