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Does Gastric Bypass Break Down Your Immune System
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
Is there a diet that I can go on to shrink my gastric bypass pouch back down to the size that it was. Have lost over 200+ want to go another 50 lbs.?
Probably not: Diet alone will not shrink the pouch. However, limiting your portion sizes should help. Be sure you are limiting high fat foods and carbohydrates. Most people eat too much of these. If you limit them you should lose weight. Also, are you exercising? If you walk daily it should help with weight loss. Be sure to talk with your doctor about a good goal weight. Good luck! ...Read more
At my work they have an out break of norwalk virus I am just returning to work after recent gastric bypass what are the risk is this safe for me?
Knowledge is key: Norwalk viruses are found in vomit and stool. You can get it by eating/drinking contaminated products, touching contaminated things, having direct contact with a person who is infected. People are contagious from when they begin feeling sick until at least 3 days after they are better. Wash hands often, avoid food prepared by someone infected and clean contaminated surfaces often. ...Read more
I am a 28yo woman, 2yr. Post op gastric bypass. I am often nauseas & go days vomiting keeping. Only liquids down. What could be the cause? Dr says im fine
Possible stricture: If the nausea and vomiting have been occuring since surgery it may be your gastric pouch was made to small. If the symptoms are more recent, there is the possibility of an anastomotic stricture or marginal ulceration. Evaluation of the bypass anatomy with an upper endoscopy or an UGI study would be appropriate. ...Read more
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?
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
S/p gastric bypass sugery by you 12/2010. I have a high pth level w/low calcium levels, 4 tests all high, can this be parathroid cysts? Scan was?
High PTH low ca: This condition is due to your gastric bypass. Calcium and vitamin D are absorbed in the small bowel. This is now bypassed. The PTH is elevated due to low calcium absorption and likely low vitamin D. This can be corrected medically, but in rare cases the bypass had to be reversed to correct the condition when it resulted in severe hypocalcemia. ...Read more
Check local: You are 46 and in nm. Check out the university of new mexico. They will have a board certified bariatric surgeon. They may have free sessions on bariatric surgery and the team of surgeons, psychologists, nurses, etc will be happy to answer your questions. Talk to your doctor about your thoughts about your weight and rely on them before and after the surgery. It requires a life long commitment. ...Read more
Capsule & pills: Well, bypass patients should open capsules and crush pills so in theory, if that is done, the absorption should be about the same. ...Read more
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I want to have a gastric bypass done. I'm just not sure where to start with the proccess. What steps in order do I take have this done?
Yes: Regaining weight frequently happens. It used to be thought that it had to do with enlargement of the gastric pouch, but more recent studies suggest that it is related to a gradual widening of the gastrojejunal anastomosis (the joining between the stomach pouch and small intestine that is created). ...Read more
Clean is good: If you mean a 10 day meal replacement with a balanced low sugar shake like medifast or glucose-controlled boost (plus all vitamins) it should be ok. However, the best diet to work with a bypass is a solid meal (protein and veggies) with no sipping, fewer slider foods, no sweets and no bad snacks. Might be good to check with your surgeon and program. ...Read more
Yes: Diabetes is a risk factor in most surgical procedures due to diabetic arteritis and slight impairmant as such in healing. In patients having a gastric bypass, the procedure is frequently to reduce wt. Of patient. Most obese patients tend to be diabetic and there is no evidence of reduced healing capabilities or complications. ...Read more
Depends on Weight: This depends on the starting weight of the patient. At 24, you skin is definitely more elastic than a 60 y.o., and some of it will retract back to "normal". But ultimately it depends on the size of the person before the bypass, and the weight lost after. The more the skin is stretched before the surgery, and the more weight loss, the more skin will sag. ...Read more
I work 6days a week I had a gastric bypass but maintaing I need to tighten up what do you think plus women cycle?
Not clear: Ask the question clearer I don't understand what you are asking. ...Read more
Is it ok to open the cymbolta capsule and take the medication inside? I have had a gastric bypass and can not take capsules.
Operations: In terms of ultimate weight loss, the bypass would be #1 followed closely by sleeve. The band would be a distant third. For fixing problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, the ranking is the same. Sleeves are a good option for someone without diabetes or heartburn. If you have those problems or have a bmi over 50, the bypass is a better option. ...Read more
Bypass works: Gastric bypass "works" in 95-97%. Works in three ways: 1. Small pouch makes you feel full. 2. Decreased ghrelin (hunger hormone). 3. Diverts food from lower stomach and duodenum (helps with diabetes). Must eat appropriately. Solid food, no sipping with food, no sweets, no bad snacks. Most lose 80% of excess weight at one year. Then some bounce back with total loss at 5-7 years of 70% excess wt. ...Read more
Gastric bypass: 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. ...Read more
Yes and no:
Most reliable at losing 10% and changing diabetes, metabolic disorders.
AND...has high risk of complications from malabsorption, even pancreatitis, and the usual surgical complications of bleeding, infection, pain, scarring.
consider a psychological approach. With finding triggers of overeating and dealing with them
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Major surgery: Significant rerouting of the plumbing. It is a combo restrictive (make a small stomach pouch) and malabsorptive (shorten effective absoptive capacity of small bowel). "centers of excellence", with ample experience (not the occasional bypass operator) reasonably safe track record. Can have significant complications at and after surgery, short and long term. Balance risk/benefits of surg or not. ...Read more
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