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I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

Interesting: If occurring several times a month, not likely associated with your period (unless it is also occurring several times a month?). If no other symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, weight loss) then reassuring. Associated with certain foods/beverages (food dyes?). Might want to keep symptom and food diary to see if link. Would also discuss with your surgeon. Hope this helps. Good luck. Dr R ...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


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Can gastric dumping syndrome occur in a person with no prior gastric bypass surgery?

Can gastric dumping syndrome occur in a person with no prior gastric bypass surgery?

Dumping: No, not really. There are a very small percentage of people that will get post prandial hypoglycemia, but that only gives you some of the symptoms of dumping. With dumping, you can also get diarrhea, a stomach ache, nausea. There are people that have these symptoms and who have irritable bowel syndrome, but this is different than dumping syndrome that people get after a bypass. ...Read more

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Do you recommend roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Do you recommend roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: Yes. It may not be the best choice for everyone, the the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is also the best operation for patients with diabetes, heartburn/reflux, large hiatal hernias, or are very obese (bmi over 50). It should only be done by an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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How to absorb more iron after having roux-n-y gastric bypass surgery since iron is absorbed in the beginning of your small intestines, which is bypassed after roux-n-y gastric bypass, where else can it be absorbed enough to keep your iron level up

How to absorb more iron after having roux-n-y gastric bypass surgery since iron is absorbed in the beginning of your small intestines, which is bypassed after roux-n-y gastric bypass, where else can it be absorbed enough to keep your iron level up

Generally: Generally the malabsorption seen after a roux-en-y lasts for about 18 months and eventually diminishes, so iron absorption will likely improve at around that time. If you simply can't get adequate iron, make sure your doctor looks at your ferritin level and not just hemoglobin level. You may indeed benefit from iron infusion or if you happen to be a premenopausal women with a heavy period, you may benefit from discussing birth control pills to help diminish the degree of bleeding that occurs each month with your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Can you tell me about roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: The the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is also the best operation for patients with diabetes, heartburn/reflux, large hiatal hernias, or are very obese (bmi over 50). It should only be done by an experienced gastric bypass surgeon. The sleeve is a close second. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

Is it possible to have gastric bypass surgery if you have hepatitis c?

Hepatitis C: Yes if you don't have active liver disease like acute hepatitis or cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about repeat gastric bypass surgery?

Revision of bypass: Well, it's called a revision of a gastric bypass and it can involve making the pouch smaller, making the anastomosis smaller, or both. Occasionally, a lap band can even be placed around the gastric pouch too. The risks of a leak are much higher in a revision than during the initial gastric bypass and that is important to understand. Also, wt loss is less after revisions. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?

How long is recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?

Recovery time: About 2 weeks before you would return to a desk job. No strenuous activity for about 6 weeks. After that you can do whatever you want. ...Read more

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Tips on caring for my baby after gastric bypass surgery?

Tips on caring for my baby after gastric bypass surgery?

Only: Precaution I can give is to avoid any heavy lifting or straining for 6 weeks after surgery. Otherwise enjoy your baby. ...Read more

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Can you avoid complications after gastric bypass surgery?

Can you avoid complications after gastric bypass surgery?

Nothing's perfect.: You can minimize the chances of surgery by picking an experienced surgeon and losing weight before your operation as best you can. But surgery is imperfect and you can't completely eliminate risk. ...Read more

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Do foods actually taste different to a person after gastric bypass surgery?

Some say yes: I have patients tell me frequently that things that uses to taste good before surgery no longer do. Some say things actually taste different. I agree it is probably more a different preference. ...Read more

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Why has the rate of gastric bypass surgery increased so drastically in recent years?

Why has the rate of gastric bypass surgery increased so drastically in recent years?

Quick fix: People are generally looking for the fastest way to do something, requiring the least amount of effort and time. Like any other weight loss surgery, over time, you can find a way to beat it. Losing weight the old fashioned way, diet, exercise, and life style modification is the long term way to success. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of death and complications from me getting gastric bypass surgery?

Every operation: Has potential risks versus potential benefits. Your surgeon goes through a complex decision tree whenever he sees a patient for possible surgery. If your potential risks outweigh the potential benefits, he will not perform any operation. Go see a surgeon, he can figure it out for you. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of death and complications from me getting gastric bypass surgery?

Depends: You must be obese to consider.

Other risks include smoking, hypertension,
sedentary status, mental health, attitude, compliance with instructions and meds. ...Read more

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I really want to lose 100 pounds -120 lbs. I want to consider gastric bypass surgery. Its questionable thoe. Scared : (pros n cons of it? Help me

I really want to lose 100 pounds -120 lbs. I want to consider gastric bypass surgery. Its questionable thoe. Scared : (pros n cons of it? Help me

The Good and bad: Gastric bypass is effective but it's a rather complicated surgery and requires lifestyle commitment to healthy eating and exercise. It's not a guarantee to lose weight but an effective procedure for one who is ready for the change. Surgery potentially could have complications post op and you're at risk of malabsorption so need to take vitamins daily &most importantly take protein 60+grams daily. ...Read more

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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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What is best calcium to take following gastric bypass surgery?

What is best calcium to take following gastric bypass surgery?

Chew calcium citrate: Calcium citrate is the form best absorbed after a gastric bypass. Make sure it's a chewable form, and that you chew it thoroughly. Since iron, magnesium, and calcium all "fight" to be absorbed in the small intestine, please space these minerals at least 1 hour apart. Not taking calcium (2000 mg a day = two 500-600 mg tablets twice a day) will rob your bones of calcium and give you osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

How much do you need to weigh to qualify to have gastric bypass surgery?

Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat. ...Read more

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Is it bad for my healthto smoke weed 7 months after having a gastric bypass surgery?

Which variety?: Cannabis sativa, indica or ruberalis? Sativa extract increases hunger and is used pharmacologically to treat the wasting syndrome associated with hiv/aids. The others induce euphoria but do not stimulate hunger, at least according to wikipedia. The underlying reason you needed gastric bypass is likely due to Insulin resistance, better to treat that first. Exercise regularly and avoid simple carbs. ...Read more

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Can you have lupus and get gastric bypass surgery?

Maybe: It really depends on a number of factors. The major factor is the state of your lupus. How well controlled is your disease and do you have significant kidney or neurologic manifestations. Your rheumatologist can help determine if you are a surgical candidate and if the advantages of this surgery outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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How are lap band and gastric bypass surgery different?

Malabsorption: The lap band is a device placed to make the stomach seem smaller thus allowing you to eat less and feel satisfied. With the bypass, a surgeon creates a smaller stomach by cutting which has a similar effect. Additionally, the intestines are cut and rerouted so that the upper segment is "bypassed". This decreases the absorption of food which leads to faster and relatively easier weight loss. ...Read more

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How did surgeons figure out the best way to do gastric bypass surgery?

How did surgeons figure out the best way to do gastric bypass surgery?

Over time: First it was open procedure...Difficult, complex and with many side effects. Now is laparoscopic and is much safer... But still can have significant complications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the price range for a roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery!?

Gastric bypass: Well, insurance usually covers it if you qualify (bmi over 40 if you have no medical problems, or bmi over 35 with medical problems). If you don't have insurance, you are looking at somewhere between $20-30, 000. You can get financing through care credit as one example. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's it like going through gastric bypass surgery?

Can any doc tell me what's it like going through gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass: The the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is a safe operation but should only be done by an experienced gastric bypass surgeon. Surgery takes 60-90 minutes. Back to work in 2 weeks. Transition from liquids to solid food over 5 week period. Very effective. ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the costs for lap band vs. Gastric bypass surgery?

Cost of bypass: That varies tremendously. If you have great insurance, it could cost you nothing. If you paid cash for a bypass at a hospital, it can cost you upwards of $30, 000. The average cash price for a band is close to $20, 000 but there are chop shops that will do it for as little as $13, 000 (and even less in mexico). I would not bargain shop. I have seen a lot of complications from these bargain places. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more


Dr. Lisa Rankin
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Leaky Gut Syndrome (Definition)

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where there is an altered lining of the intestines, allowing some of the food items being digested to be absorbed before they are fully broken down ...Read more