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Once I have a gastric bypass surgery what happens to my extra skin?

Once I have a gastric bypass surgery what happens to my extra skin?

Stays unless removed: Individuals undergoing bypass who lose a substantial amount of weight will often have excess skin.The extent is highly variable. If the excess skin is creating a health issue such as rashes or skin breakdown or the pt desires cosmesis, it can be surgically removed, otherwise can leave alone. Surgically excising is the only way to eliminate. Exercise may help some but won't completely eliminate. ...Read more

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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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Is a panniculectomy normally an out- patient procedure? How long will I have to stay in the hospital after my panniculectomy? I have lost a lot of weight, but i still have some excess skin around my stomach. Is this procedure ever done on an outpatient ba

Is a panniculectomy normally an out- patient procedure? How long will I have to stay in the hospital after my panniculectomy? I have lost a lot of weight, but i still have some excess skin around my stomach. Is this procedure ever done on an outpatient ba

Outpatient surgery: Panniculectomy is outpatient, typically. However, with all you weight loss, you may want to consider a full abdominoplasty or a lower body lift. These are still outpatient surgeries (lower body lift stays overnight and goes home the next day). ...Read more

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I have a gallstone and my surgeon advised me that I must remove my gall bladder. Is this the only way? What happens after surgery?

I have a gallstone and my surgeon advised me that I must remove my gall bladder. Is this the only way? What happens after surgery?

Agree: I would agree that you need to have the stone and gallbladder removed. Its usually done laparoscopic and therefore its not such a big operation. Gallstones cannot be disolved or treated in any other way. Leaving it can cause symptoms and can ultimately lead to complications. You can live normally after removal, and it mostly doesn't affect you after such a removal. ...Read more

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How can I tighten up loose skin? I had gastric bypass surgery last year and lost 130 pounds. I have lots of loose skin and have not been able to get rid of it. Any ideas short of surgery to remove it? Exercising has not helped.

How can I tighten up loose skin? I had gastric bypass surgery last year and lost 130 pounds. I have lots of loose skin and have not been able to get rid of it. Any ideas short of surgery to remove it? Exercising has not helped.

Massive weight loss: Really the only way to successfully eliminate the hanging fat that remains after massive weight loss is surgery. Surgery to remove this skin will help improve appearance, clothing fit, body contour, and hygiene as well. The trade off are scars but those can often be hidden by undergarments/swimwear, etc and for many patients the tradeoff is worth it. Well done! ...Read more

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I had a thoracotomy procedure done to me due to pneumothorax , when i lay down close to where my procedure was, and its a little bubbly. Is that bad?

I had a thoracotomy procedure done to me due to pneumothorax , when i lay down close to where my procedure was, and its a little bubbly. Is that bad?

Depends on time: If the procedure was done years ago not a life threatening issue. Could be a weakness at the surgical site. If procedure done within the last few days then yes, need to see your surgeon. Sometimes there could be a weakness at the surgical site. This could just be fat tissue or herniation of pleura. If bubbles under the skin in different areas then still concern for collapse or air leak. C ur md! ...Read more

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My sister did a gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery, now after a month, she can't eat anything even if it is one bite of an apple. Is that normal ?

My sister did a gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery, now after a month, she can't eat anything even if it is one bite of an apple. Is that normal ?

Not normal: That is not normal and you should be able to eat about a palm sized portion of food, although it may take time. Protein and hydration are very important after bariatric surgery. If she cannot tolerate even a few bites of food, she needs to see her bariatric surgeon ASAP! She could have a stricture which would need further treatment. ...Read more

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When will i be a good candidate for a lower body lift? After having gastric bypass surgery four months ago, i lost 100 pounds. I now have loose skin in my midsection that i would like to have removed through a lower body lift procedure. Am i a good candid

When will i be a good candidate for a lower body lift? After having gastric bypass surgery four months ago, i lost 100 pounds. I now have loose skin in my midsection that i would like to have removed through a lower body lift procedure. Am i a good candid

Yes : Yes you are a good candidate assuming your overall medical condition is good.But as long as you are still losing weight i would wait till your weight has stabilized.That's when i would consider doing the surgery.Congratulations on your taking charge of your life. ...Read more

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Is dumping syndrome bad will that make me lose or gain if I get that? I'm sorry my surgery is in a few days and I think I want to cancel my surgery

Is dumping syndrome bad will that make me lose or gain if I get that? I'm sorry my surgery is in a few days and I think I want to cancel my surgery

ASK YOUR DR: This is a question that needs to be address b4 you have surg. I have to assume that your are considering some type of wt loss surg. Dumping syndrome may or may not cause wt loss. It is described by patients as a minor problem, but other patients as quite a problem. There is no way to predict how you will react as to having it, or to the serverity. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery i want to punch my heavy bag for excercise. I know it will put a lot of pressure on my sternum. It has been twenty weeks ?

After open heart surgery  i want to punch my heavy bag for excercise. I know it will put a lot of pressure on my sternum. It has been twenty weeks ?

OK: Your sternum has healed to almost full strength. You can start a punching bag routine. You will probably develop some chest wall or muscle pain as you start the exercise - because you haven't used your muscles to this extent since the operation. Listen to your body and start gradually and workup to the level that you performed prior to surgery. ...Read more

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How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

Scar : Scar revisions and children having a child with a cleft lip (sometimes called harelip) can be difficult at first, but once the repair is done you can usually see the light at the end of the tunnel. What remains difficult is seeing your child through a parent's eyes. Cleft repairs can make amazing improvements in the appearance of your child's lip though, like all surgery, always results in scars. Sometimes those scars are minimal and other times they can be more noticeable. However, every scar on your child's face is noticeable to you. My advice to my patients is to wait until the child has their own opinion. That usually will not happen until the age of 8 or older. Younger children can't really understand the choice of having a scar revision. I believe they need to know the options and really understand what they are choosing. A scar revision does not remove a scar entirely - that is simply never possible. In some cases a scar revision can make a very nice improvement. The best way to make that decision is with an experienced plastic surgeon and with the full involvement and understanding of the child and his/her parents. There may come a day when your child feels very strongly about improving the scars from the cleft repair. There may not. But ultimately (in my opinion) it should be left to your child to decide upon the need to have another procedure. I hope this info helps! ...Read more

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How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

How do I prepare my child for scar revision? My daughter was born with a hairlip and she developed a lot of scar tissue in the area after surgery. The hairlip was repaired well, but I have been wondering if anything can be done to reduce the scar. She is

There : There are a variety of methods to treat scars. These include non-surgical and surgical methods, which are often used in conjunction with each other. Non-surgical methods often include the application of ointment or sheeting (silicone), injection of steroids, and skin resurfacing methods such as laser therapy or dermabrasion. Surgical methods of treating a scar include excision of the scar or irregularization of the scar to make the scar less noticeable to the observer's eye. The chosen method to treat a scar depends on the age of the scar and desires of the patient, with an attempt to always balance the potential invasive nature of a revision and the desired outcome. Without evaluating your daughter in person or seeing any pictures, any facial plastic surgeon in your area should be able to evaluate your daughter and develop a plan that will work best for her. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me directly via the link below. ...Read more

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I am having my colon removed due to pan diverticulosis. What can I expect after the surgery regards to diet and normal activities? I won't have a bag.

I am having my colon removed due to pan diverticulosis. What can I expect after the surgery regards to diet and normal activities? I won't have a bag.

Diverticular dz: Extensive diverticulosis is one of the indications for total colectomy there did you get repeated infections, were you symptomatic with pain, fever , bleeding in stools etc. Removing the colon will still allows you to lead a normal life though initially you will need low residue diet, that means avoiding bulk forming food so that you,initially you have some loose stools but slowly will be adjusted ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when i was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

What do you advise if i had to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when i was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

Laparoscopy: Not entirely clear what you are asking, however your surgeon should be able to answer that question the best; laparoscopy has come a long way, and many surgeons are very fascile... It has proven great advantages over the 'large incision' surgeries in many fields, but remember that the final outcome eventually counts, regardless of the technique used... Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to do if i had my colon removed a few months ago and am having the pull through surgery next month. What will the "butterfly" ostomy look like?

Can you tell me what to do if i had my colon removed a few months ago and am having the pull through surgery next month. What will the "butterfly" ostomy look like?

See illustration: After a continent ileal pouch, which allows the rectal muscles to be spared, but instead of a large intestine to store stool, a pouch is created with the small intestine. The connection to the rectum must be protected by a diverting ileostomy, usually a loop ileostomy. A picture of this is shown at the following URL: https://www.c3life.com/ostomy/ostomybasics/loopstoma/ ...Read more

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I had a tummy tuck almost 3 weeks ago and I have a lot of fluid built up in my stomach. Where can I get it drained? I had this procedure in the dominican republic. Everyone is telling me that no doctor will drain it here because i didn't have it done here

I had a tummy tuck almost 3 weeks ago and I have a lot of fluid built up in my stomach. Where can I get it drained? I had this procedure in the dominican republic. Everyone is telling me that no doctor will drain it here because i didn't have it done here

The : The name for fluid that builds up in the abdominal area after a tummy tuck is called a seroma. If not drained, not only can it cause discomfort, but it can become a chronic problem, where the the abdminal skin doesn't adhere to the abdominal wall. This is called a bursa, in the worst case scenario, a seroma can become infected, leading to abscess formation and tissue loss. This exemplifies one of the down-sides of seeking plastic surgery outside of your community. As well, your health insurance is unlikely to cover any costs related to this complication.Most surgeons would care for this as part of routine postoperative care, had they performed the original surgery, provided you were compliant with your instructions. I would suggest that you locate a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Be honest about what happened. You may need needle drainage or replacement of a drain. I am sure someone will help you, but please be prepared for additional expenses. ...Read more

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What to do if i suffer from vein reflux disease and i'm a candidate for evlt, i will go under the procedure in next two weeks, is it painful?

What to do if i suffer from vein reflux disease and i'm a candidate for evlt, i will go under the procedure in next two weeks, is it painful?

Minimally Sore After: Typically most patients have minimal discomfort during & after the procedure. During the procedure there is some mild discomfort during the injections that are used to numb the leg (numbing "shots"). The discomfort is usually right at the treatment site afterwards & is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). The discomfort is usually does not limit normal activities or ability to work. ...Read more

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I was told today that i needed to have open surgery to correct a weak spot and seroma in my abdomen. I know what to except with the weak spot but what does surgery for the seroma intell?

I was told today that i needed to have open surgery to correct a weak spot and seroma in my abdomen. I know what to except with the weak spot but what does surgery for the seroma intell?

Similar to expected: A seroma is a collection of fluid outside of a defined vessel, such as in a hernia sac, or in an area of chronic inflammation. Surgery to correct your abdominal weak spot and seroma likely entails draining the fluid and "shoring up" or reinforcing the weakened area, or obliterating any sac or potential space associated with the fluid collection (seroma). Your doc can be more specific. ...Read more

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