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Why would someone with gastric bypass need a dozen surgeries after?

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Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics 16 years experience
That's unusual: That is an unusual circumstance and certainly not the norm. Without knowing the full story it is hard to completely answer your question. Possibilities range from complications to hernias to any number of other possibilities. However, bariatric surgery, including the gastric bypass, usually do not require this many follow up surgeries..
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Really rare: Really rare to require trips back to surgery. Gallbladder is most common (2-5%). Ulcers very rare unless a smoker or taking advil, alleve, ibuprofen. Bowel obstruction should be rare with modern techniques. For your friend, you might consider a second opinion or a referral hospital.

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How common is it for someone to need a gastric bypass?

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Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Very common: Less then 30% of the american population actually has a normal bmi. Obesity is a major epidemic in this country and is rapidly expanding, especially in the adolescent and preadolescent age groups.Surgery is performed in 1% or less of those individuals who are consider candidates for these procedures. Surgery for obesity, especially over the last ten years has become increasingly more popular.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I am wondering what health problems are needed in order to qualify for gastric bypass surgery?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Obesity: Massive obesity is the indication for this surgery. And no response to attempts with dirt and exercise.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Need docs familiar with the gastric bypass surgery to tell me how safe it is?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Gastric bypass safe: The the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is a safe operation but should only be done by an experienced gastric bypass surgeon. There are many lap band surgeons out there, but few are good gastric bypass surgeons. I have recommended bypass for family members.

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