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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?

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

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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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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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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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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I'm 28 hispanic male 5'9 n weigh 350, is there any program or insurance that can help me get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

I'm 28 hispanic male 5'9 n weigh 350, is there any program or insurance that can help me get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Start investigating: First place to start is with your insurance company as many will pay for bariatric surgery if you meet their established criteria. Second is to start investigating the surgeons that do the procedure. Get recommendations and referrals from others that have gone through the surgery. Lastly, start an exercise routine now that you will commit to continuing after the surgery. ...Read more

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What happens if one is on medicare disability can they have gastric bypass surgery and it be covered?

What happens if one is on medicare disability can they have gastric bypass surgery and it be covered?

Bariatric surgery: You would need to check with your insurance company. Many times depending on your other medical issues it may be deemed medically necessary. Good luck ...Read more

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Can you revise a gastric bypass surgery if you gain the weight back?

Can you revise a gastric bypass surgery if you gain the weight back?

Likely: But you need expert advice on exactly what was done and what is possible in the current situation. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on any experience with gastric bypass surgery?

Can you give me more info on any experience with gastric bypass surgery?

Bypass and band: Gastric bypass is the gold standard, been around for 50yrs, results in the greatest weight loss, highest cure rates for diabetes, hypertension, etc, but has a slightly higher risk. It is an excellent operation and accounts for the majority of weight loss operations done in the us. It is safe if done by a surgeon who has done thousands of cases. ...Read more

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Does smoking affect gastric bypass surgery?

Does smoking affect gastric bypass surgery?

Snesthesia specific: Patient's who qualify for bariatric surgery are already at risk for sleep apnea and collapsed lungs. Why make things worse by triggering constriction of airways? I know of many bariatric surgeons who refuse surgery on smokers. Remember, post-surgical instructions are very strict so you have to demonstrate the ability to change unhealthy behaviors prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Why do overweight people get gastric bypass surgery?

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

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How does gastric bypass surgery work in losing weight?

How does gastric bypass surgery work in losing weight?

Makes you feel full: Since the large stomach is eliminated or reduced in size one feels full after small meals. This helps to reduce intake and weight ultimately. ...Read more

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Can I eat salads 5 weeks after gastric bypass surgery?

Can I eat salads 5 weeks after gastric bypass surgery?

Probably: Do not see any reason why not, but please check with your surgeon, who knows you well. ...Read more

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Is gastric bypass surgery or liposuction better and why?

2 Entirely different: The indications for this are entirely different. First off, liposuction is not used for weight loss. It is indicated to control localized fatty deposits. Gastric stapling, bypass, or lap banding are indicated for morbid obesity. ...Read more

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How can I stop losing weight after gastric bypass surgery?

How can I stop losing weight after gastric bypass surgery?

Stop weight loss: Usually, weight loss tapers off and stops around a year to a year and a half after bypass surgery. If you are under a year out from surgery, I wouldn't worry about it. If you are several years out, make sure you eat enough food everyday. Some surgeons bypass too much of your intestinal tract and that can cause excessive weight loss. That can be fixed surgically. ...Read more

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Can my wife still have a baby after gastric bypass surgery?

Can my wife still have a baby after gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, even safer: Pregnancy is perfectly safe after gastric bypass. In fact, many obese women have trouble getting pregnant until gastric bypass. Fertility improves almost immediately. Usually best to wait 6 months to get pregnant after bypass since losing weight so fast. I helped write an article about the safety here: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/17161090/. ...Read more

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Whst is the long term side effects of gastric bypass surgery?

Absorption: Gastric bypass surgery, besides changing how much you can eat, also changes absorption in your gut (because you are bypassing a portion of your GI tract). This is particularly seen with vitamins and micronutrients, including b12, calcium, and iron. Consider taking a supplement after discussion with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is best calcium to take following gastric bypass surgery?

What is best calcium to take following gastric bypass surgery?

Chew calcium citrate: Calcium citrate is the form best absorbed after a gastric bypass. Make sure it's a chewable form, and that you chew it thoroughly. Since iron, magnesium, and calcium all "fight" to be absorbed in the small intestine, please space these minerals at least 1 hour apart. Not taking calcium (2000 mg a day = two 500-600 mg tablets twice a day) will rob your bones of calcium and give you osteoporosis. ...Read more

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I have gastroparesis, am I able to have gastric bypass surgery?

I have gastroparesis, am I able to have gastric bypass surgery?

Ask your surgeon: Gastroparesis can be a complication of diabetes. Obesity is often associated with diabetes. Most of the stomach is removed in bypass surgery. Your surgeon is your best adviser on this. ...Read more

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How overweight do you have to be to have gastric bypass surgery?

How overweight do you have to be to have gastric bypass surgery?

BMI >40: As different people have different dimensions of weight and height, the current recommendations of bariatric or weight loss surgery are based on bmi (weight/height squared). People with bmi>35 and a comorbid condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or anyone with bmi>40.
You can calculate bmi this by going to http://www. Cdc. Gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index. Html. ...Read more

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What diet should be followed by gastric bypass surgery patients?

What diet should be followed by gastric bypass surgery patients?

Diet: High protein, small meals, with vitamins like b12 and other multivitamins. ...Read more

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Which is safer and works better: gastric bypass surgery or liposuction?

Which is safer and works better: gastric bypass surgery or liposuction?

Apples and oranges: These are two separate issues. If you are a candidate for gastric bypass surgery then you need to investigate that first. (bmi >30-32) liposuction is to reduce fat from specific areas- not for weight loss. ...Read more

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What is safer and more effective: gastric bypass surgery or liposuction?

Diet and EXERCIZE!: Risks and benefits of surgery need to be tabulated for each individual and their personal issues. ...Read more

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How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

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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What are the blood testing procedures before gastric bypass/ any surgery?

What are the blood testing procedures before gastric bypass/ any surgery?

Pre op labs: Blood tests before surgery are basically safety checks. A hematocrit, white cell count, platelet count and electrolyte panel give a lot of information to the surgery team about how the patient's organs are functioning. Surgery and recovery are hard work for the organs, so any dysfunction (yet without symptoms) is important to know. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is gastric sleeve safer or gastric bypass surgery is safer?

Can you tell me is gastric sleeve safer or gastric bypass surgery is safer?

Sleeve gastrectomy: That's a common misconception by patients. The gastric bypass is a more complicated operation than a sleeve, but the risk of a leak is the same for either operation. In addition, if a leak occurs, it is much harder to control in a sleeve than in a bypass. There are many other pros/cons for each, but the bottom line is that the risk is about equal. For diabetes and heartburn/reflux, bypass is best. ...Read more

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Need docs familiar with the gastric bypass surgery to tell me how safe it is?

Need docs familiar with the gastric bypass surgery to tell me how safe it is?

Gastric bypass safe: 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

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Is it bad for my healthto smoke weed 7 months after having a gastric bypass surgery?

Which variety?: Cannabis sativa, indica or ruberalis? Sativa extract increases hunger and is used pharmacologically to treat the wasting syndrome associated with hiv/aids. The others induce euphoria but do not stimulate hunger, at least according to wikipedia. The underlying reason you needed gastric bypass is likely due to Insulin resistance, better to treat that first. Exercise regularly and avoid simple carbs. ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Insurance (Definition)

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Skin Reduction Surgery (Definition)

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