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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 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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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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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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Will I be able to take oral contraception after bariatric surgery?

Will I be able to take oral contraception  after bariatric surgery?

Yes: Unless there is a complication causing poor absorption from your intestines, you can use birth control pills. Just be sure to ask your surgeon. Also consider more effective methods such as iuds, or if you've completed your family then permanent contraception like hysteroscopic sterilization (essure) or vasectomy for your partner. ...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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I had bariatric surgery and i'm losing very little weight only 40 lbs. In 6 months why?

I had bariatric surgery and i'm losing very little weight only 40 lbs. In 6 months why?

Have patience.: Granted, I'm sure you've seen people lose more weight than this, but 40 pounds of weight loss isn't too bad. That's 80 pounds in one year which is quite a lot. Keep your chin up and keep working at it. ...Read more

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Is bariatric surgery a good idea?

Do your homework : Bariatric surgery should be an option of last choice after all conservative options have been attempted (i am a busy bariattic surgeon). If your bmi is >35 with diabetes, HTN sleep apnea then bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Talk to your pmd and consider going to a free seminar to learn about bariatric surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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After bariatric surgery can you eat fruits?

Post Bariatric: Yes. Of course. The only thing is that you will be limited in the amount of food you can eat at any given time. ...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. Al Hegab
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more