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A 32-year-old member asked:

what are the different kinds of bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics 14 years experience
Lots of options but: the most common in the US is still the roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The sleeve gastrectomy (or gastric sleeve) is fast on the rise, with good outcomes as well. The lap band, or adjustable gastric band, is another option but is falling out of favor due to complications/poor long term results. I personally have taken out more bands than put in. I recommend consultation with a good bariatric surgeon.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
There are three.: There's the LapBand, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, in usual order of amount of weight lost from least to most.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Best operation: There is no "best" operation. Different people do better with different operations. The gastric bypass is the gold standard and results in the most weight loss and best at curing diabetes. However, it may not be the right one for you. The sleeve gastrectomy is also very effective. The lap band is falling out of favor these days and only accounts for 8% of the weight loss operations done in the US.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What could be the possible benefits of bariatric surgery?

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Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan answered
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Lots: Bariatric surgery can help with any of the associated medical problems commonly seen with obesity. Following weight loss, patients can see improvements in their blood pressure, blood sugar, reflux disease, joint pain, sleep apnea, and many other things. You should look for a bariatric center of excellence to discuss these matters in more detail.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the routine tests performed before bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many possibilities: Prior to any surgery, a surgeon will want to know that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. Test that can be done include a CBC (checking for anemia, infection and platelets), cmp (checking liver, kidney, electrolytes, and blood sugar/diabetes), a pt/ptt (for bleeding/clotting issues), hepatitis a, b, and c, and possibly an HIV test. Discuss these with your family doctor and surgeon.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you determine that bariatric surgery is medically necessary?

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Dr. Elizabeth Seymour
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Would have you tried: If your BMI is in the obese or morbidly obese range, and you have tried multiple lifestyle modifications including diet and exercise then bariatric surgery would be the next option. This should be considered, if you have comorbid conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and/or coronary artery disease. Surgery should always be a last option.
Dr. Lonny Horowitz
Bariatrics 40 years experience
And only after attempting medical treatment under a Board Certified Bariatrician!! Bariatric Surgery is a one way street!! It is ONLY for a LAST CHANCE after all else has failed. Don't be fooled it's no walk in the park and is forever!!
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What will happen after bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Weight loss: Provided there are complications from the surgery itself, you will start experiencing benefits of the surgery, namely, weight loss. Depending on the modality used, it will be either more sharp or slow. Also, you may have some side effects, such as diarrhea, again depending on the type of surgery. Also, it is very important you will need to stick to a dietary regimen and not to eat what you want.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Is sexual activity restricted after bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Bariatric: Questions concerning exercise and diet should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon and the staff.

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