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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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I had gastric bypass surgery ten yrs ago now have loose skin and hanging fat no one will help me get rid of it because of no insurance no help im mess ?

I had gastric bypass surgery ten yrs ago now have loose skin and hanging fat no one will help me get rid of it because of no insurance no help im mess



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Save: Even with insurance there is no guarantee of coverage. Often what the patient feels is medically necessary and what insurance companies feel differ and the physician is caught in the middle. If it is a priority then you could save money slowly and if you have hanging fat perhaps a little more weight loss would be in order. ...Read more

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How can I tighten up loose skin? I had gastric bypass surgery last year and lost 130 pounds. I have lots of loose skin and have not been able to get rid of it. Any ideas short of surgery to remove it? Exercising has not helped.

How can I tighten up loose skin? I had gastric bypass surgery last year and lost 130 pounds. I have lots of loose skin and have not been able to get rid of it. Any ideas short of surgery to remove it? Exercising has not helped.

Massive weight loss: Really the only way to successfully eliminate the hanging fat that remains after massive weight loss is surgery. Surgery to remove this skin will help improve appearance, clothing fit, body contour, and hygiene as well. The trade off are scars but those can often be hidden by undergarments/swimwear, etc and for many patients the tradeoff is worth it. Well done! ...Read more

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How soon can I have a body lift after my gastric bypass? I just had a gastric bypass done three months ago and I am starting to feel great. However, i now have this excess skin, especially in my abdominal region. I am anxious to get started on the next st

How soon can I have a body lift after my gastric bypass? I just had a gastric bypass done three months ago and I am starting to feel great. However, i now have this excess skin, especially in my abdominal region. I am anxious to get started on the next st

You : You generally want your weight to be stable over a fair amount of time. I prefer at least 1 to 1.5 years after bypass before considering skin reduction surgery. Often times after losing a large amount of weight and recovery from the bypass, patients become more active and lose further weight and body fat that isn't seen initially. There can also be variations of your own schedule [e.g., season, work load, etc] that you won't see until you can see that you have plateaued for remain at that level. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Once I have a gastric bypass surgery what happens to my extra skin?

Once I have a gastric bypass surgery what happens to my extra skin?

Stays unless removed: Individuals undergoing bypass who lose a substantial amount of weight will often have excess skin.The extent is highly variable. If the excess skin is creating a health issue such as rashes or skin breakdown or the pt desires cosmesis, it can be surgically removed, otherwise can leave alone. Surgically excising is the only way to eliminate. Exercise may help some but won't completely eliminate. ...Read more

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What happens to skin after gastric bypass?

What happens to skin after gastric bypass?

Not much: Unfortunately, as your waistline starts to shrink, your skin stays pretty much where it was. This results in significant laxity of your skin. Your skin tends not to retract back very much, leaving you with excess, hanging skin. ...Read more

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What possibility does a 24 year old woman have of skin sagging after gastric bypass?

What possibility does a 24 year old woman have of skin sagging after gastric bypass?

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

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Doctors, how much will gastric bypass affect my excess skin?

Doctors, how much will gastric bypass affect my excess skin?

May need surgery: Weight loss after surgery generally result in excessive loose skin especially around abdomen, hips, thighs and upper arm. It may require surgical removal for cosmetic purposes. ...Read more

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I am a gastric bypass patient. Drs have told me can't take aspirin to prevent a stroke?

I am a gastric bypass patient. Drs have told me can't take aspirin to prevent a stroke?

Depend: Depending on which type gastric bypass (sleeve gastrectomy vs roux en y vs gastric banding) also may be you have bad stomach ulcer that prevent you from taking aspirin. Please call you surgeon/doctor and ask for the explaination on your case. ...Read more

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Can gastric bypass surgery be reversible after meeting the appropriate weight to prevent malnutrition?or it's enough to have one pill include all vit?

Can gastric bypass surgery be reversible after meeting the appropriate weight to prevent malnutrition?or it's enough to have one pill include all vit?

Reversing the: Surgery can have complications and if successful will result in possibly regaining all the lost weight. Supplements and following up with your Bariatrician will be good ...Read more

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When will i be a good candidate for a lower body lift? After having gastric bypass surgery four months ago, i lost 100 pounds. I now have loose skin in my midsection that i would like to have removed through a lower body lift procedure. Am i a good candid

When will i be a good candidate for a lower body lift? After having gastric bypass surgery four months ago, i lost 100 pounds. I now have loose skin in my midsection that i would like to have removed through a lower body lift procedure. Am i a good candid

Yes : Yes you are a good candidate assuming your overall medical condition is good.But as long as you are still losing weight i would wait till your weight has stabilized.That's when i would consider doing the surgery.Congratulations on your taking charge of your life. ...Read more

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Injection given correctly? I recently underwent gastric bypass surgery. During the recovery i was given an injection in my stomach to prevent blood clots. A few days into my recovery i was given an injection in my arm for the the same thing. I was under t

Injection given correctly? I recently underwent gastric bypass surgery. During the recovery i was given an injection in my stomach to prevent blood clots. A few days into my recovery i was given an injection in my arm for the the same thing. I was under t

This was: Probably Lovenox (enoxaparin) to help reduce the risk of developing blood clots in your calves. Usually given in the abdominal wall as a sub q injection. Check with the ordering physician as to the length of treatment recommended and the proper administration of lovenox (enoxaparin). ...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 a weight loss of of over 100 lbs without surgical intervention. ...Read more

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

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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Can you have lupus and get gastric bypass surgery?

Maybe: It really depends on a number of factors. The major factor is the state of your lupus. How well controlled is your disease and do you have significant kidney or neurologic manifestations. Your rheumatologist can help determine if you are a surgical candidate and if the advantages of this surgery outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Hx of hiatal hernia. Gastric bypass 3 yrs ago. Can hernia get bigger afterwards?

Hx of hiatal hernia. Gastric bypass 3 yrs ago. Can hernia get bigger afterwards?

Hiatal hernia: Yes. Even if your hiatal hernia was repaired during your gastric bypass, it can occur again. An EGD or upper GI will show if you have one. ...Read more

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