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How long will I be off of solid foods after I have bariatric surgery?

How long will I be off of solid foods after I have bariatric surgery?

2-3 weeks: Band and bypass patients are usually on full liquids and pureed foods for 2 weeks. Sleeve patients usually stay on full liquids and pureed for 3 weeks. No sugar. Then solid foods with emphasis on proteins and cooked veggies. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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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

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How long do I have to stay in the hospital after I have bariatric surgery?

How long do I have to stay in the hospital after I have bariatric surgery?

Depends: The typical hospital stay for a healthy band, bypass, or sleeve patient is usually less than 24 hours for a first time procedure. The experience of the surgeon and hospital play a role however. Some bands and sleeves are actually done outpatient. Insurance sometimes requires an overnight stay such as medicare. The patients underlying medical conditions and weight may necessitate longer stays. ...Read more

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The gastric pouch created by bariatric surgery eventually expands. How much food can it hold?

The gastric pouch created by bariatric surgery eventually expands. How much food can it hold?

More than it should.: After a while, the pouch will grow and as such the normal satiety signals will require more food to trigger. As you can imagine, this can lead to some weight gain in the long term. Habits must be maintained consciously as far as portion sizes and exercise intensity to keep the weight down. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects from bariatric surgery?

Depends: Obviously the primary effect is weight loss. There are improvements in diabetes and heart disease risk. The gastric band does not cause any nutritional deficiencies, but the roux en y surgeries can. These need to be followed up closely by your bariatric specialist. ...Read more

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How long will I extend my lifespan if I have bariatric surgery?

A good amount.: Although I'm sure the exact data for which you're looking isn't out there, we know that obesity shortens the lifespan so we could infer that losing weight, surgically or otherwise, will reduce this shortening, if you will. ...Read more

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How soon can I drive after I have bariatric surgery?

How soon can I drive after I have bariatric surgery?

1-2 weeks: You should be off of narcotic pain medication and comfortable behind the wheel before resuming driving. For laparoscopic surgery this is usually 1-2 weeks, with patients undergoing open surgery needing more time. ...Read more

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Am I likely to gain the weight back after bariatric surgery?

Less likely: Bariatric surgery is the single most effective treatment for losing and maintaining effective weight loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for obesity or any immunity to gaining weight. Surgery is an effective tool. The tool must be used properly to work. Incorporating better eating and exercise behavior is essential to optimizing success. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

Bariatrics is the field of medicine dedicated to the study and management of obesity. Medical and surgical weight loss, treatment options, clinical research in obesity, and the general medical care of hospital patients who are severely overweight are all covered in this field. Almost a third of american patients suffer from obesity defined as a body mass index ...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