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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 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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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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Bariatric surgery how safe it is?

Increasingly safe : Bariatric surgery is really a grab bag of terms and there are many procedures available which range from relatively minimally invasive to highly complex. The risks relate to the extent of the surgery as well as the health of the individual undergoing the surgery and tolerance of general anesthesia. ...Read more

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How can I obtain bariatric surgery?

Find a surgeon.: Find an experienced Bariatric surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation. Www.obesityhelp.com may help. ...Read more

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Just how effective is bariatric surgery?

Very: Bariatric surgery if done correctly, appears to be very effective, provided you stick to your job and not to eat what comes your way. You will need to eat foods that you can tolerate, but also healthy ones. ...Read more

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What will happen after bariatric surgery?

You'll lose weight.: Hopefully. You'll follow a prudent weight loss diet and exercise regimen. You'll supplement vitamins. You'll consult regularly with a Dietitian. You'll get blood tests to make sure you're nutritionally optimized. ...Read more

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How can you feel about bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery : How do I feel? It can be a life saving, life altering operation. It can improve or even cure you of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, chf, etc. And as a result make you live longer. How will you feel? You have to be ready and committed to make a complete lifestyle change. Eat healthy food ; exercise. It's not easy. It takes work, but you will feel great. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the bariatric surgery?

From the Experts: http://asmbs.org/obesity-and-surgery-learning-center/bariatric-surgery-procedures/.

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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