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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

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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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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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 a more 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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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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Where do I go to get a gastric bypass done?

Center of Excellence: Hi, please research the facility you wish to consult for bariatric surgery. One of the cedentials is "the center of excellence" although that is not absolute credential ask friends who have had the procedure donethe more the procedures reflects a level of experience. True that doing many procedures might produce more complications-but it can also mean that they are capable of handling complications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can a 13-year-old get a gastric bypass?

Doubt it: I have heard of some bariatric centers offering some weight control surgery to kids as young as 16, but not younger. These limits are subject to change over time as the treatment standards evolve. ...Read more

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Can I get gastric bypass covered by insurance or medicaid?

Can I get gastric bypass covered by insurance or medicaid?

Usually: Gastric bypass is usually covered by most insurances including medicare and medicaid. There are often requirements such as doctor supervised weight loss for a number of months, or the surgery to be performed at a bariatric center of excellence.
But yes it is covered usually. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?

Ordered no, done yes: Need a thorough, multidisciplinary evaluation, including psychologic, before the procedure is done. Needs to be done by a specialist/bariatric surgeon in a "center of excellence" which does at least 100/yr, with good results and follow up. Can have lots of complications during and afterward; need high quality care. ...Read more

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The 5 bite diet is supposed to get results like from a gastric bypass without the actual surgery. Any opinions to that extent?

Yes eat less: What gastric by pass do? It will not allow you to eat, as the stomach is tiny, same thing with dr alain lewis 5 bite diet, consuming only five bites of food, no break fast, low carbohydrates, no sugary drinks no transfats, surly will lose weight if you follow. ...Read more

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What's the procedure to get gastric bypass surgery?

Bypass preop: See a surgeon for consultation. If they think you are a good candidate and meet the bmi requirements, you then see a dietician and social worker for evaluation. You also get an egd done, labs, chest x-ray, ekg, ultrasound of your liver, etc. Once you have been cleared by everyone and insurance authorization has been obtained, you get scheduled for surgery. This process takes 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I get gastric bypass surgery at 16?

16yo gastric bypass: Can you? Yes. Should you? That will take a lot of discussion to determine. You should only be evaluated for gastric bypass surgery at place that has an adolescent weight loss surgery program. Very few places around the country have that. The work up process for a 16yo is much different from an adult. Make sure you go to a surgeon that has done thousands of gastric bypasses. Experience counts. ...Read more

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Docs, could a teen get the lap band or gastric bypass?

Docs, could a teen get the lap band or gastric bypass?

Yes: Currently, the most widely performed procedures in adolescents are the roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the adjustable gastric band. Sleeve gastrectomy has also been increasingly performed in adolescents. ...Read more

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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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Does it hurt to get a gastric bypass done?

Does it hurt to get a gastric bypass done?

No one must.: It may be advised for difficult obesity situations, and of course, beneficial for some patients; but they should have appropriate treatment with conservative methods, ie eating management and exercise; also drug management; before they proceed with surgical intervention. I have had a few patients lose and maintain a weight loss of over 100 lbs without surgical intervention. ...Read more

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How can I get the process for having gastric bypass going?

Gastric bypass : You need to see a bariatric surgeon for a consultation. Go to a practice that is well-established, has been around for years, and has done thousands of operations. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get gastric bypass information?

Wanted to know where can I get gastric bypass information?

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

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What would you suggest I do to convince my friend to get gastric bypass?

What would you suggest I do to convince my friend to get gastric bypass?

Be supportive: The best answer is that this is an individual choice. The best outcomes in bariatric surgery are with those patients who are highly motivated, understand the risks, and who make the choice themselves. The best thing your friend needs is your support and understanding. Provide this, and he/she will have the best advice you can give. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me some good ways to get the process for having gastric bypass going?

Can you please tell me some good ways to get the process for having gastric bypass going?

Bariatric options: Gastric bypass is a surgical procedure for obesity, also called bariatrics. Get in to your doc for a referral or look up the local bariatric programs. Many will have free seminars/lectures about how their program works. Take a friend with you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could get gastric bypass surgery at 16?

Can you tell me if I could get gastric bypass surgery at 16?

16yo gastric bypass: Can you? Yes. Should you? That will take a lot of discussion to determine. You should only be evaluated for gastric bypass surgery at place that has an adolescent weight loss surgery program. Very few places around the country have that. The work up process for a 16yo is much different from an adult. Make sure you go to a surgeon that has done thousands of gastric bypasses. Experience counts. ...Read more

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When does a person wait until after gastric bypass to get pregnant?

Depends: Okay to ask your bariatric surgeon this question. The incision would be a limiting factor. If you had laprascopic surgery the answer will be different from if you had open surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm considered obese and want to get the gastric bypass. Any advice?

Support groups: Find some bariatric support group meetings in your area. They are generally held a couple times a month and include people who have had different types or weight loss surgery as well as people like yourself thinking of having surgery. You'll be able to meet others like you and those who have been through it all and have lots of experiance. That will be your best bet to get advice. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 3 years ago, but am still trying to get the last 20 pounds off, how many calories a day should I consume to lose?

More out than in..: Weight loss is a matter of burning more than you take in. A good place to start is around 1000 calories a day, make sure you keep up with your protein intake and your post bypass vitamins. Then you need to exercise to burn more than you take in. ...Read more

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Why do overweight people get gastric bypass surgery?

Several reasons : Gastric bypass can help obese patients lose weight and also get rid of associated problems such as type 2 diabetes. There are several other types of procedures for weight loss, but this one works in two ways. It is restrictive and malabsorptive, meaning the stomach is smaller and also the digestive tract is shorter. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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