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What can I do if my wife is having bariatric surgery. Is it common for post operative complications?

What can I do if my wife is having bariatric surgery. Is it common for post operative complications?

About 1-2%: Laparoscopic gastric bypass is relatively safe. National statistics say about 1-2% of patients will have complications ranging from minor wound infection to staple line bleeding to an anastomotic leak. Talk to your bariatric surgeon to and ask about his personal complication rate. Especially the number of major complications like bleeds and leaks. ...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 are some baratric surgery complications?

What are some baratric surgery complications?

Bariatric Surgery: Bariatric surgery has short term and long term complications, too numerous to discuss here. These include bleeding, infection and healing issues right after surgery, and digestive problems, problems absorbing vitamins and minerals, hernias, and failure to maintain weight loss long term. Many bariatric surgeons work with counsellors and nutritionists to cover all this in detail to help decide. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the bariatric surgery?

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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I wanted to know is bariatric surgery dangerous?

I wanted to know is bariatric surgery dangerous?

Bariatric surgery: Any surgery has its risks including bleeding, infection and risks of anesthesia. Bariatric surgery is no different. However, obesity has so many risks for disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint problems, that when the risks are compared it is often a better safer choice to have the surgery. ...Read more

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What exactly can you eat after bariatric surgery?

What exactly can you eat after bariatric surgery?

A handful...: The portioning and allowed foods after a bariatric procedure vary somewhat depending upon the type of procedure you undergo; however there are some fixed items. For example you should not consume any meal that is bigger than the palm of your hand, avoid carbonated beverages and avoid fatty/'junk' foods. I would encourage you to ask a bariatric surgeon for further details...Happy eating! ...Read more

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How exactly does bariatric surgery affect health?

Diabetes and more: Bariatric surgery has a major impact on diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint disease, gastric reflux, infertility, high cholesterol, headaches, urinary incontinence, and depression. The latest press showing dramatic correction of diabetes should make anyone with a bmi over 35 (70 pounds overweight) and diabetes really think about bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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What type of bariatric surgery is to be done for me?

What type of bariatric surgery is to be done for me?

Bariatric surgery: Answering that question requires getting your full medical history and can take a while to figure out. Some patients take days, weeks, or months to decide between having a lap band, gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy. You'll need to see an experienced bariatric surgeon for a consultation to help you with that answer. I go through this everyday with new patients, but can't give a short answer. ...Read more

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How can I buy a policy to cover bariatric surgery indepedently?

Insurance policy: All insurance companies offer coverage for bariatric surgery. However, you have to select a specific plan that includes benefits for bariatric surgery. If your health insurance is provided to you by your employer, they may not elect to pay for bariatric surgery coverage. If you are buying your own policy, read the fine print to make sure it is covered. ...Read more

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How can you determine that bariatric surgery is medically necessary?

How can you determine that bariatric surgery is medically necessary?

By your BMI: Bariatric surgery is considered medically necessary when your BMI is greater than 40 (about 100 lbs overweight) or your BMI is greater than 35 (about 60lbs overweight) with 2 comorbidities (other medical problems). These are the indications for bariatric surgery as per the american society of metabolic and bariatric surgeons. ...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. 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