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Is lowering consumption of food the only effect of gastric bypass?

Is lowering consumption of food the only effect of gastric bypass?

No: The bypass also alters the absorption of the food you eat. By routing around a fairly long portion of the small bowel the food has less time to be exposed to the intestinal lining, therefore, less is absorbed lowering calorie consumption. ...Read more

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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more


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Do foods actually taste different to a person after gastric bypass surgery?

Do foods actually taste different to a person after gastric bypass surgery?

Some say yes: I have patients tell me frequently that things that uses to taste good before surgery no longer do. Some say things actually taste different. I agree it is probably more a different preference. ...Read more

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How long after getting a gastric bypass can I start eatin solid food again?

How long after getting a gastric bypass can I start eatin solid food again?

Follow your doctor: Please follow the advice of your surgeon. Your surgeon should dictate above the rest. Because there is no consensus. ...Read more

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What are some tried and true ways to get adjusted to eating solid foods after having gastric bypass surgery?

What are some tried and true ways to get adjusted to eating solid foods after having gastric bypass surgery?

Go slow: Gradually transition your diet. Start with soft food such as baked fish, eggs and canned vegetables. Transition to ground meats and eventually solid meat that you cut.Use small bites the size of peas.Pace yourself. Start at one ounce eaten over 10 min. A 3 ounce solid meal can take 30 min.You should be able to transition to a solid diet by 6 weeks, if not, you may need to have your pouch evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you empty Geodon (ziprasidone) Capsules and sprinkle with food. I'm about to have Gastric Bypass and my meds need to be liquid form or crushed. ?

Can you empty Geodon (ziprasidone) Capsules and sprinkle with food. I'm about to have Gastric Bypass and my meds need to be liquid form or crushed. ?

Check with surgeon: Suggest you ask your bariatric surgeon and nurse practitioner (usually on the surgical team) what to do. They are experienced with these type of questions. Your surgeon can consult with your psychiatrist if necessary. Doubt you should mix a pill with food post-op. Swallow with water probably better but ask surgeon that too. Best of luck on your bypass! ...Read more

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Doc said gastric bypass 4 severe gastroperesis? What r major changes post op? Food/exercise restrictions? Active 27yo, not diabetic, 52.7kg 67" thx :)

Doc said gastric bypass 4 severe gastroperesis? What r major changes post op? Food/exercise restrictions? Active 27yo, not diabetic, 52.7kg 67" thx :)

Gastroparesis : Gastroparesis is not well understood. Diagnosis is clinical & nuclear gastric emptying scan. Treatment is medication & dietary, alternative medicine therapies, or surgery - gastric stimulator, "valve" opening, or near complete removal of the stomach, similar to a gastric bypass, but with the stomach excised. This is a last resort. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Had gastric bypass in 2005 and teeth keep breaking i now have 5 broken teeth and they even break on soft foods am taking vitamins regularly?

Had gastric bypass in 2005 and teeth  keep breaking i now have 5 broken teeth and they even break on soft foods am taking vitamins regularly?

Ok: They can also be susceptible to the acid reflux which can occur from the gastric bypass. The acid destroys the enamel and makes it easier to get decay and erosion. Mi paste is good to use can reflux into the. ...Read more

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Can I do the duodenal switch with a BMI of 27.5? Had gastric bypass 7 yrs ago. Gaining weight again. I exercise, but my stomach fits a lot of food!

Can I do the duodenal switch with a BMI of 27.5? Had gastric bypass 7 yrs ago. Gaining weight again. I exercise, but my stomach fits a lot of food!

No: Duodenal switch will not work in a patient that has undergone gastric bypass, since the food stream no longer goes by way of the duodenum. If you are gaining weight after a gastric bypass, you should see your surgeon or a specialized GI physician, who can determine the cause for weight gain. This is usually due to enlargement of the connection between the stomach pouch and the intestine. ...Read more

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5 yrs. Postop gastric bypass, not able to have solid food 3 months, now passing old stool and have anastomotic ulcer. Blockage possible?

5 yrs. Postop gastric bypass, not able to have solid food 3 months, now passing old stool and have  anastomotic ulcer. Blockage possible?

Anastomotic ulcer: Yes. A blockage or narrowing of your gastro jejunal anastomosis can occur if you have an anastomotic ulcer. The ulcer needs to be aggressively treated with proton pump inhibitors and carafate (sucralfate). Also make sure you are not taking any nsaids or smoking. ...Read more

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Can you eat a bagle after gastric bypass?

Bread is hard: To eat after any weight loss surgery unless it is toasted and crunchy. The doughy breads get stuck and do not go away quickly. Toasted breads with "melt" with saliva and, if it gets stuck, will eventually go away. Avoid raw bread, toast it. Really should limit bread intake though. Focus on hard, solid protein like fish and chicken. ...Read more

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What should I expect to eat after gastric bypass?

Not much: Remember that a gastric bypass is effective because of two mechanisms: 1) restriction of untake and 2) malabsorption. With a smaller stomach, you will get fuller faster and be able to take in less. ...Read more

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What should I eat the second week after gastric bypass?

What should I eat the second week after gastric bypass?

Talk to your Surgeon: This is something that should be discussed with your surgeon. Some surgeons like to keep their patients on liquids for 2 to 3 weeks after their gastric bypass procedure whereas others will feed them small amount of solid foods a little sooner. It's important that you follow up with your surgeon and see what he recommends. ...Read more

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I used to eat roux and had gastric bypass 8 years ago. I lost 120 lbs in a year. In the succeeding years, I have gained back 45 lbs. What should I do?

Regain weight bypass: There are many reasons why you may have regained weight. It can be your habits like eating too much, poor food choices, not enough exercise, etc., or it can be an anatomical problem with a stretched pouch, a dilated anastomosis, a gastro-gastric fistula, or some combination of all of these. You need to see a bariatric surgeon that specializes in revisions and get an UGI and egd. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat pickles while on a gastric bypass 2week pre op diet since it has no cals, carbs fats or surgar?

Ask your surgeon: It is probably ok to eat pickles 2 weeks prior to your bypass. However, every surgeon has their own protocol and sometimes can be very particular about it. It is better to ask your surgeon and be safe rather than risk having your surgery postponed because you were craving a pickle. ...Read more

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What to eat within the first week of having gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass diet: Nothing but clear liquids (sugar free juice, water, broth) and protein drinks (low carb, low sugar). ...Read more

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Can i eat salads 5 weeks after gastric bypass surgery?

Probably: Do not see any reason why not, but please check with your surgeon, who knows you well. ...Read more

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I how are the gastric bypass surgery and everytime I eat I feel like my chest is hurting?

I how are the gastric bypass surgery and everytime I eat I feel like my chest is hurting?

Get an endoscopy: A few things can cause upper chest or abdominal pain several years after a bypass. A marginal ulcer can occur at the anastomosis. The symptoms would occur more frequently after meals. Pain is usually the main symptom. A stricture could also occur, which would typically result from an ulcer. Have your symptoms evaluated with an upper scope. In the meantime use an OTC med like Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole). ...Read more

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I have stomach ulcers after gastric bypass and I have no desire to eat is that normal?

I have stomach ulcers after gastric bypass and I have no desire to eat is that normal?

No, but not uncommon: Follow up with surgeon. Tested for h .Pylori? Can cause ulcers. Marginal ulcers usually on the intestinal side of the anastomosis (seam) not rare. Needs follow up, especially if interfering with oral intake, or if vomiting ( a big deal). See your doc. ...Read more

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First week post surgery eating? What can you eat within the first week of having gastric bypass surgery?

First week post surgery eating? What can you eat within the first week of having gastric bypass surgery?

Liquids/softer foods: The first week post-op typically is liquids and "full liquids". Full liquids are the consistency of pudding. This usually lasts for about 4 weeks post-op & depends on your bariatric program. ...Read more

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