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Doctor insights on: How To Maximize Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery

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Should i undergo skin removal surgery after having a bariatric surgery? I am a fifty-year-old woman and recently had surgery to lose weight. I am very happy to say that all is well and I have been shedding pounds very quickly. However, I have noticed that

Should i undergo skin removal surgery after having a bariatric surgery? I am a fifty-year-old woman and recently had surgery to lose weight. I am very happy to say that all is well and I have been shedding pounds very quickly. However, I have noticed that

The : The decision to undergo skin removal after weight loss is often a personal one. While some skin problems such as infections in skin folds or extreme overhang makes a procedure medically necessary other issues are more purely cosmetic. Insurance coverage is not available for most of these procedures except the removal of the abdominal apron which is sometimes covered. ...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 can cause a person not to lose weight after bariatric surgery?

What can cause a person not to lose weight after bariatric surgery?

Compliance.: Weight loss surgery is an assistive device,,if you will, for weight loss. It doesn't force the weight off the body. Patient compliance is a big contributor to weight loss, and not following a good diet and exercise regimen after surgery will hinder weight loss despite the operation. ...Read more

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Can i lose weight by just working out? I had bariatric surgery and i gained the weight back can it be done again?

Lose weight: Working out will help with weight loss but eating healthy food in the right portions will give you optimal results. If you have had weight loss surgery and regained weight, you need an upper GI and upper endoscopy to determine if there is something surgically that can be done to help you. ...Read more

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What exactly is the youngest they can preform bariatric (weight loss) surgery on?

What exactly is the youngest they can preform bariatric (weight loss) surgery on?

Depends: The most accepted answer is when the child has stopped growing. You want the growth plates to be fully mature before undergoing bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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What's the youngest age they can perform bariatric (weight loss) surgery?

What's the youngest age they can perform bariatric (weight loss) surgery?

Weight loss: Age is not the issue. It is your weight, your medical history, your meds, etc. It is only after the baratric surgeon has done a thorough job can he/she decide if you are a candidate or not. Then you must decide yes or no. ...Read more

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Is bariatric surgery safe? I'm 5'6" 213 with a lot of muscle due to weight training. Just can't lose the fat. Am i weight loss resistant? Help!

Weight loss surgery: Two answers: first, bariatric surgery is safer than its ever been. It is safer than heart operations, safer than hip operations. The death rate today for a gastric bypass is 1 in 900. 1 in 2000 for a lap band. But, at your height and weight, your bmi is 34.3 and you wouldn't qualify for the surgical procedures. I am sorry. Today, a bmi > 35 with medical complications of obesity is required. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop hair loss after bariatric surgery?

What is the best way to stop hair loss after bariatric surgery?

Few things possible: Hair loss after bariatric surgery may be related to a number of things. Make sure proteins are a good part of your diet. Vitamin losses especially b vitamins and c can contribute - take a multivitamin and check your levels. Thyroid inactivity can also contribute so have your TSH and thyroid level checked. ...Read more

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How can I slow down hair loss after bariatric surgery?

How can I slow down hair loss after bariatric surgery?

Zinc, biotin, protei: Hair loss is temporary after gastric bypass. It is due to nutrients being directed away from hair. You can decrease this effect by increasing nutrients like zinc, biotin, and protein. Many patients have also told me that Minoxidil solution (rogaine) for a few months can stop the hair loss. ...Read more

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What percentage of my weight should I expect to lose after bariatric surgery?

What percentage of my weight should I expect to lose after bariatric surgery?

Depends on procedure: Weight loss is usually reported as % of excess weight lost over time. Bypass procedures usually produce more weight loss than banding procedures. Restrictive only procedures (banding) results in a typical weight loss of 40-60% of excess weight while procedures that combine a restrictive and malabsorptive component (bypass procedures) typically result in 50 to 70% excess weight loss. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more