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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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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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Diagnosed me with bile induced gastritis. Wants to do a gastric bypass. In my 40's, (5'4", 203), but isn't there a less invasive answer?

Diagnosed me with bile induced gastritis. Wants to do a gastric bypass. In my 40's, (5'4", 203), but isn't there a less invasive answer?

Options: Probably theist popular weight loss operation at the moment is a sleeve gastrectomy. Its not really less invasive, but has less potential for long term side effects. There are also some newer endoscopic therapies, but they are not so effective. Ask your doctor if a consultation with a Bariatric surgeon is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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..five bite diet. I can't afford the gastric bypass surgery thought I'd try this and guess what I've lost over 75lbs! I feel great! But is this safe?

..five bite diet. I can't afford the gastric bypass surgery thought I'd try this and guess what I've lost over 75lbs! I feel great! But is this safe?

Weight loss: You may have lost weight on this diet and it may have worked for you! I don't think it is healthy, because you are missing out on nutrients, because you are eating such low volume of food. Unless you are taking some high powered organic, food supplements, I believe, long term side effects would be hair loss, brittle nails, saggy skin. Rethink this concept. See a dietician and a doctor ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass in 2007. I have a severe eating disorder. I eat till I'm so sick I can't stand up. What kind of dr can I see for thi?

I had gastric bypass in 2007. I have a severe eating disorder. I eat till I'm so sick I can't stand up. What kind of dr can I see for thi?

Envision Ur Recovery: Ideally, treatment would include careful medical ; mental health assessment, followed by individualized treatment involving medical ; nutritional support, plus long-term individual ; family psychotherapy. From mental health perspective, conditions like depression ; anxiety would be treated ; treatment might include meds. Hardest thing = finding ; sustaining motivation 2recover. Http//www. Anad. Org. ...Read more

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Had gastric bypass-gained half of weight list back, but I still can't eat normally, & I seldom get hungry. Can't eat meat or much fruit. Any thoughts?

Had gastric bypass-gained half of weight list back, but I still can't eat normally, & I seldom get hungry. Can't eat meat or much fruit. Any thoughts?

Eat solids, no sips: Weight regain after bypass is usually due to eating foods that go down comfortably. There is a tendency to fall into a pattern o slider foods (soups), sipping with food, and snacks. In essence you are defeating the surgery to lose weight, you need to eat foods that pack the pouch (bread, chicken, etc) and fill you up. Don't drink with or after meals or you will wash food down. ...Read more

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Whts the best OTC meds to get for weight lost. I'm 21 yrs old n being close to pushing 300 and im considrring gastric bypass but I don't have insurance?

Whts the best OTC meds to get for weight lost. I'm 21 yrs old n being close to pushing 300 and im considrring gastric bypass but I don't have insurance?

No meds for weight: Please do not buy into hype or fad diets. There is no medication to help you lose weight and keep it off in any healthy way. Bariatric surgery is a valid and effective way to not only lose weight but to resolve some obesity related medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis. Weight loss techniques also include low calorie high protein diets with regular exercise. ...Read more

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I've had gastric bypass so I can't have NSAIDs. What can I take for a migraine that has lasted 10 days?

I've had gastric bypass so I can't have NSAIDs. What can I take for a migraine that has lasted 10 days?

Migraine and NSAIDS: You must ask your Dr. This question. Need more information on the details of your migraine before I could give better answer. Just developed them or had for long time. What other things have worked for you that are not NSAIDS. ...Read more

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I am on antipsychotics gained weight I have diet exercise no luck while on it doc won't take me off thinking of lapband or gastric bypass?

I am on antipsychotics gained weight I have diet exercise no luck while on it doc won't take me off thinking of lapband or gastric bypass?

Stay on meds!: I know u asked about surg, but meds first. Anger issues: I can see why your doc would want you to stay on your meds. However, none of the meds listed are antipsychotics, so I am confused. Phentermine, while for wt loss, can make anger worse. See if doc will try metformin instead. And instead of the clonazepam, what was your antipsychotic? Is there a less fatty one? Or it with metformin? Be well. ...Read more

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If I have very low iron levels in my blood history of gastric bypass...and supplements aren't helping lunch, what would he the next best step?

Common problem: After gastric resection, due to by passing duodenum iron is not absorbed, will have low serum feritin levels, especially bigger problem in young females, need to take more oral iron, iron containg foods like liver, meats, oysters etc. Vit c found to help iron absorption, must take vitamin c with ferrous sulfate, rarely need parental adminstration of iron in severe cases. ...Read more

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Had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago. Health problems more now than before surgery. How come veins show dark all over my body? Can't gain weight and I eat.

Had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago. Health problems more now than before surgery. How come veins show dark all over my body? Can't gain weight and I eat.

Not enough info: You may have several problems going on and should consult with your doctor. YOU may need an ultrasound to look at your veins, but better to get seen first ...Read more

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How safe is gastric bypass now?

How safe is gastric bypass now?

Key word: I would like to emphasize the importance of seeking coe listed surgeon. There are plenty of surgeons that offer services and have *much* worse outcomes. Dr st laurent is in my area and has an excellent reputation. ...Read more

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Who should get a gastric bypass?

Who should get a gastric bypass?

Typically surgery is: Recommended for patients with morbid obesity (BMI>40), patients who are obese (BMI > 35) with other medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease, and now many people are also recommending surgery for those with BMI > 30 (overweight) with other high risk med problems. There are many options for weight loss surgery (bypass, sleeve, band); see a good bariatric surgeon to discuss. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do you agree with gastric bypass?

Do you agree with gastric bypass?

Absolutely: Bariatric surgery represents the single most effective therapy of losing weight and potentially resolving medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol etc… surgery should not be taken lightly. It is work, but worth the effort. Find a reputable surgeon with a good dietitian and after-care program willing to follow you and help you be successful for life. ...Read more

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What is the down side to gastric bypass?

What is the down side to gastric bypass?

Potential risks: Gastric bypass is a major surgery - never to be approached casually. As with any major surgery, there exist complications - even the possibility of dying! On the other hand, when a person has multiple "co-morbidities" of obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.), the benefits may outweigh the risks. Talk to your doctor, your family, and yourself as you make this important choice. ...Read more

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How rough is recovery from gastric bypass/?

How rough is recovery from gastric bypass/?

Not bad. 2 weeks: Most of our patients are up walking and sipping liquids right after surgery. With tiny catheters that drip numbing medicine into the skin, most patients use only oral pain meds on the first day after surgery. Most go home the day after surgery. Most go to work in two weeks. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for gastric bypass?

A few weeks: The answer depends on how it was done. Open bypass takes 3-4 weeks to recover, while laparoscopic bypass is often less than 2 weeks. You won't be 100%, but should be able to return to a desk job in this time. For manual labor, recovery will be longer. ...Read more

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How are gastric bypass and the band different?

Bypass: Completely different procedures band is simpler and less effective. Restriction only bypass is more involved however has much better results in between you find the sleeve an option worth looking into. Kind of the best of both for committed patients. ...Read more

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What should I expect to eat after gastric bypass?

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

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. ...Read more

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I'm on 600mg of lithium a day. I've had a gastric bypass. Should this be an issue?

I'm on 600mg of lithium a day. I've had a gastric bypass. Should this be an issue?

Use blood levels: Lithium blood levels are monitored at a regular frequency and this way you can tell if you are absorbing the medication and if you are at therapeutic doses. For my patients having had gastric bypass is not an issue; rarely if they develop side effects by diving the dose into 2 times a day this resolves the problem. ...Read more

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