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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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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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How soon will I be able to walk after I have bariatric surgery?

How soon will I be able to walk after I have bariatric surgery?

Several hours: Most patients are able to (and should) get out of bed and walk within a matter of hours after laparoscopic bariatric surgery. This will help reduce the risk of blood clots as well as stimulating deep breathing, which will help reduce the risk of pneumonia. After going home walking or some other aerobic activity should be a daily activity. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait before i can drive after having a heart stent fitted?

How long do I have to wait before i can drive after having a heart stent fitted?

1-7 days: If it was done through the wrist, (radial artery approach), you should be able to drive in 1 day. If done through the groin (femoral artery approach) you should wait about a week. If you have to stop suddenly in an emergency and really hit the brakes hard, you could pop the plug in the femoral artery and have a serious emergency. ...Read more

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How soon after kaminectomy can I have sex?

How soon after kaminectomy can I have sex?

Best to wait..: Best to wait two weeks, if no complications are present. Also, sexual positions can cause some pain, so take it slow! i assume you meant laminectomy! ...Read more

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How long before i can have sex after a hernia operation?

How long before i can have sex after a hernia operation?

Depends: How strenuous the intercourse is. If your abdominal muscles hurt during the movements than wait. It may take couple weeks to get your stride back. ...Read more

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How much time after I have an appendectomy should I wait to have sex?

How much time after I have an appendectomy should I wait to have sex?

4-6 weeks: Open appendectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy are the same type of procedures for acute appendicitis. It is recommended to wait 4-6 weeks before you can have intercourse. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait until I have sex after a fibroid surgery?

How long do I need to wait until I have sex after a fibroid surgery?

Ask your surgeon: Depends on the type of surgery but minimally 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after cataract surgery?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after cataract surgery?

Bring a driver: The most common form of anesthesia during cataract surgery is intravenous sedation. The effects can last for several hours, and patients are essentially "drunk". It is not safe to drive for at least 6-12 hours after having sedation, and most ophthalmologists will advise their patients not to drive for up to 24 hours. You will often not be allowed to leave the surgery center without a driver. ...Read more

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How soon can I drink beer after I had surgery?

How soon can I drink beer after I had surgery?

It depends: It depends on what the surgery was for, medications you're taking, other illnesses you may have, and whether alcohol itself could further worsen those illnesses. Please discuss this with your own doctors, who know these things and you. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before i can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before i can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

Discuss with doc: You should discuss this with your surgeon. Your vision should recover very quickly after cataract surgery unless there are special circumstances. Most patients can drive almost immediately, however, there can be some challenges using both eyes together if the un-operated eye has a high prescription. ...Read more

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How soon after my gallbladder surgery will I be able to eat?

How soon after my gallbladder surgery will I be able to eat?

Same day.: When performed laparoscopically, most people are able to tolerate some foods the same day. It is not uncommon to have some nausea initially, but by 2-3 days after surgery, most people are back to their normal diet. ...Read more

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When can I drive after surgery?

When can I drive after surgery?

What operation: Generally when the surgeon says so after the first office visit. No pain no pain meds comfort behind the wheel and pushing pedals! ...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