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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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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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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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Is gastric bypass a healthy option for a type 1 diabetic, overweight teenager?

Is gastric bypass a healthy option for a type 1 diabetic, overweight teenager?

Depends: Bariatric surgery is effective in weight reduction. The person must understand it is just like pressing a "reset button" in which weight loss will be accomplished, but it must otherwise be followed by voluntary lifestyle changes for it to be permanent (ie. Good eating habits and exercise). If not, weight will come back. Insulin resistance will decrease, lowering required Insulin doses. ...Read more

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Every time we have sex, my girlfriend gets severe gas pains! why? She's 41 & has not had any kids. She used to be overweight before her gastric bypass!

Every time we have sex, my girlfriend gets severe gas pains!  why? She's 41 & has not had any kids.  She used to be overweight before her gastric bypass!

Gas pains: It might be coincidental in relation to happening after intercourse. However, gastric bypass patients can get bacterial overgrowth which can cause gas pains, excessive gas production, and foul smelling gas. She can get a simple breath test to determine if she has it. Treatment is fairly simple. Sometimes just taking probiotics can help. Other times it requires rifaximin. ...Read more

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Can I receive gastric bypass being almost 100 pounds over weight?

Can I receive gastric bypass being almost 100 pounds over weight?

Yes: However it is a big decision requires extensive evaluation prior to the surgery. Also it is a commitment to start changing behavior regarding healthy eating and exercise as much as you tolerate before not after the surgery. ...Read more

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Is gastric bypass safe for an 18yr old who is more then 200lbs over-weight?

Is gastric bypass safe for an 18yr old who is more then 200lbs over-weight?

Yes: Although weight loss surgery as with any surgery has it's own risks and complications, bariatric surgery performed for this type individual by an expert in the field of bariatric surgery can result in long term health benefits. Be sure to ask about the complications that can occur, as well as the surgeons' own complication rate to make sure that you're making an informed decision. ...Read more

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Help please! is gastric bypass a good idea for an 18yr old who is more then 200lbs over weight?

Help please! is gastric bypass a good idea for an 18yr old who is more then 200lbs over weight?

Good question: Gastric bypass introduces a "new disorder" because the gut is rearranged from its natural condition. At 18, there is a long life to be affected. On top of that, a low calorie diet must be followed after the surgery or else the weight will be regained. It is far more preferable to be able to decrease calorie counts and increase exercise, without the surgery. But, 200 # overweight is not good. ...Read more

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Why is the mini gastric bypass?

Why is the mini gastric bypass?

Mini gastric bypass: The mini gastric bypass is not endorsed by any asmbs or any of the top academic bariatric surgery programs in the country. It is safe, but it is basically a billroth 2 operation which can cause bile reflux. The fix for that problem is a roux-en-y gastric bypass meaning that for 50 years we have known that a roux-en-y is better than a billroth 2. The b2 is just easier for the surgeon to do. ...Read more

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How expensive is gastric bypass?

How expensive is gastric bypass?

1 st do you need one: then you have to be in program , will motivate you loose weight , assess your general status before accepting into program . Go and see one close to you , if you are a candidate they will tell you how much it costs work out a plan for the payment . ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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