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How come digestive enzymes are reduced after gastric bypass surgery?

How come digestive enzymes are reduced after gastric bypass surgery?

Loss of physiology: Food normally is mixed with acid and mechanically broken down in the upper stomach. Small amounts are released through the antrum of the stomach, which goes through the duodenum and proximal jejunum. Various substances stimulate secretion of gut hormones and enzymes. In gastric bypass operations, the antrum, duodenum and proximal jejunum are bypassed and reduce levels of these hormones. ...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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I am 1 year out from my gastric bypass. I am extremely constipated. I have tried stool softners, milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) .Suppositories, enema. Help...

I am 1 year out from my gastric bypass. I am extremely constipated.  I have tried stool softners, milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) .Suppositories,  enema. Help...

Constipation: None of those will help unless you are drinking enough liquids. Constipation is very common among people who have had weight loss surgery. You need to make sure you are drinking at least 64 ounces of liquid (water is fine) a day. If that doesn't help, try taking MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily as well. The key is liquid intake. ...Read more

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What is causing my post gastric bypass problems?

What is causing my post gastric bypass problems?

Bypass problems: Hard to answer without knowing your problems. Constipation would be from not drinking enough. Abdominal cramps, smelly stools/gas may be from bacterial overgrowth. Upper abdominal pain may be from an ulcer in your pouch. Left upper abd pain may be from an internal hernia. You should see your surgeon. ...Read more

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What health problems are needed in order to qualify for gastric bypass?

What health problems are needed in order to qualify for gastric bypass?

Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 2 years ago. I'm having horrible gas problems. I started taking active charcoal pills, am i harming myself?

I had gastric bypass 2 years ago. I'm having horrible gas problems. I started taking active charcoal pills,  am i harming myself?

No: Charcoal will not harm you. What gas comes out after gastric bypass is completely dependant on your diet. Try to reduce carbohydrates. See your bariatric program and see if they can help you. ...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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Since i made my gastric bypass surgery I have problems with low blood sugar what i must do with this .Should stop taking sweets please help me .Thanks?

Since i made my gastric bypass surgery I have problems with low blood sugar what i must do with this .Should stop taking sweets please help me .Thanks?

Dumping syndrome : Gastric bypass results in very rapid absorption of sugars and then sudden drops call dumping syndrome eating smaller portions, less items with concentrated sugars like soda, avoiding liquids and eating complex carbs helps seek the assistance of nutritionist used to dealing with bypass patiens. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 3 years ago, after which i was diagnosed with a stricture. It seemed to resolve on its own but problems seem to return, possible?

Yes, can recur.: Yes, stricture is a term that describes narrowing within the g-i tract. Could be caused by excessive scar formation at the site of a surgically created connection. There are two of these connections in a patient with a gastric bypass. The symptoms could be intermittent, but at some point the narrowing could lead to partial or complete blockage. Endoscopy or radiology could help to evaluate. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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