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Exploring Weight Loss Medications After Bariatric Surgery: Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro

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June 30, 2023

Exploring Weight Loss Medications After Bariatric Surgery: Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro

Understanding Medications Post-Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy, has proven to be an effective option for individuals looking to lose weight and improve their health. However, understanding the safety and efficacy of medications following these procedures is crucial, especially when patients experience weight regain. This article will explore the use of weight loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy(known as semaglutide), and Mounjaro (also known as Tirzepatide) after bariatric surgery and provide recommendations for patients considering these medications.

Bariatric Surgery and Post-Operative Medications Overview

Weight loss surgery options include gastric bypass, gastric banding (lap band), and gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) procedures. These surgeries alter the digestive system to aid in weight loss and may help in managing type 2 diabetes. Following these surgeries, medications may need to be adjusted, and additional weight loss medications may be prescribed to address weight regain and maintain body weight. Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro are obesity medications that belong to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, which were originally developed for blood sugar control and also aid in weight loss.

Ozempic After Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Surgeries

Ozempic, developed by Novo Nordisk, is generally safe and effective for use after gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures. It works as a GLP-1 receptor agonist, stimulating GLP-1 receptors in the body to reduce appetite and improve blood sugar control, which can be particularly beneficial for patients with type 2 diabetes. Another way this medicine works is by slowing down the emptying of your sleeve or bypass. When using these medications, you will probably feel more full with less food and this feeling of fullness will last longer.  Common side effects include gastrointestinal issues. When using Ozempic after weight loss surgery, patients should closely monitor their blood sugar levels and discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider.

Wegovy After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Wegovy, another GLP-1 receptor agonist by Novo Nordisk, is actually the same compound as Ozempic just with different dosing and indications. It has demonstrated safety and effectiveness in promoting weight loss after gastric sleeve procedures. With a dosage of up to 2.4 mg, Wegovy helps in reducing appetite and controlling blood sugar levels, which can be especially helpful for those who gain weight after surgery. Common side effects include gastrointestinal issues. Patients using Wegovy after bariatric surgery should be closely monitored by their healthcare providers for any potential issues.

Tirzepatide’s (Mounjaro) After Bariatric Surgery

Tirzepatide, sold under the brand name Mounjaro, has shown promising results in terms of safety and effectiveness for weight loss after gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries. As a dual GLP-1 and GIP receptor agonist, Tirzepatide helps control appetite and regulate blood sugar levels. Potential side effects include gastrointestinal issues. Patients should discuss the use of Tirzepatide with their healthcare providers and follow any necessary precautions.

Making Informed Decisions About Post-Bariatric Surgery Medications

Ozempic, Wegovy, and Tirzepatide/Mounjaro are promising options for weight loss after bariatric surgery, particularly for those experiencing weight regain. It’s important for patients to understand the safety, efficacy, and potential side effects of these medications, and to consult with their healthcare providers before making any decisions. It is very important to seek expert care from BMI of Texas if you have had weight loss surgery and are considering these medications as they do not react quite the same as they would in non surgical patients. For this reason your primary care may not be able to get the dosing optimized and you may have unintended side effects.  By staying informed and following professional guidance, patients can make the best choices for their post-operative weight loss journey.

BMI of Texas offers an extensive, dedicated program that specializes in the care of post-operative weight loss surgery patients. This comprehensive Medical and Surgical Longitudinal Management Program (CMSP) encompasses various facets of health management, including the usage of medications, diet planning, physical activity, mental health support, gut microbiome, and hormone management. Patients who enroll in the CMSP can expect significant improvement in their outcomes, with data showing 15-20% better initial weight loss following surgery, and enhanced long-term success compared to surgery alone. Importantly, the CMSP is not exclusive to those who have undergone surgery at BMI of Texas – we welcome all individuals seeking a comprehensive approach to weight loss and health management. Enroll today and embark on a healthier journey with us.


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