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Doctor insights on: Stomach And Leg Lymphedema And Gastric Bypass

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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I am trying to avoid gastric bypass and started working out. But my body is so sore, mainly my legs and back. What should i do or take?

I am trying to avoid gastric bypass and started working out. But my body is so sore, mainly my legs and back. What should i do or take?

Start Low / Go Slow: Take Ibuprofen or Naproxen with cool compresses. Hire a trainer if possible to help guide you to exercising properly so you don't overdo it and injure yourself; then you can increase your intensity as tolerated. Swim or do water aerobics in between for less intense exercise. Remember to include a healthy diet with meal planning and portion control (try food diary app), and get adequate sleep. ...Read more

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My legs are bowing. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. Could this be the cause.

My legs are bowing. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. Could this be the cause.

No: Bowing of your legs is due, most likely, to arthritis, not to the gastric surgery. Increased weight can cause increased joint wear and changes in your mechanical axis. The weight reduction likely is currently reducing your symptoms, but arthritis and mechanical axis malalignment is common in the general population in your age group. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery 3 days ago now I am having some pain in my right upper chest.could thi be gas or should I worry about a PE? no leg pain

I had gastric bypass surgery 3 days ago now I am having some pain in my right upper chest.could thi be gas or should I worry about a PE? no leg pain

Yes, it's possible!: Your chest pain can be from any of the following causes: PE, heart attack, heartburn, ulcer, pneumonia, pneumothorax, medication reaction, or other causes. You should call your surgeon ASAP for immediate consultation. If they are unavailable then go to ER immediately for evaluation for possible PE or other causes. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 7 years ago and now have horrible leg crampring in the inside of my thighs. What can I do?

I had gastric bypass 7 years ago and now have horrible leg crampring in the inside of my thighs.  What can I do?

See your doc: Could be related or not. Religiously taking your vitamin supplements, watching your diet? On any meds? Got diarrhea? Heavy periods, pregnancies? All could be factors. Can't tell here. See a doc, get examined, get blood tests. ...Read more

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I have u to 50 muscle spasms a nite it wakes me up.In my legs and feet some last a 5 minutes could this be related to my gastric bypass surgery?

I have u to 50 muscle spasms a nite it wakes me up.In my legs and feet some last a 5 minutes could this  be related to my gastric bypass surgery?

Nutrition: Gastric bypass surgery alters how your body absorbs nutrients, and can also cause dumping syndrome which can cause vital nutrients to be lost. Please speak to your doctor about this right away. Make sure you are taking a multivitamin. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gastric bypass, lapband, stomach stapling, what's the difference?

Gastric bypass, lapband, stomach stapling, what's the difference?

Bariatric surgery: It's gastric bypass, lap band, and sleeve gastrectomy. Stomach stapling can mean a lot of different things. Not enough room to answer your question here. Look on the web, like http://www.Realize.Com to read about the various operations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gastric bypass, stomach stapling and gastric band?

What is the difference between gastric bypass, stomach stapling and gastric band?

Degrees: Band: appliance surg inserted to cinch stomach; adv.-easier surgery, reversible; disadv-less wt loss, less sustained, higher failure rate, compl, slippage, etc. Stapling-surg restrictive procedure; adv: more sustained, succ. Than above; disadv-still easy to cheat/wt gain (e.g. Melt ice cream, then drink it). Bypass: combo restrict and malabsorp; adv: more effective; dis: bigger op, more nutr risk. ...Read more

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I had the gastric bypass on 11/03 never had a problem had a baby in 12/13. I have been having stomach pains right after I eat. What can I do?

Call your surgeon : You should call your gastric bypass surgeon and let them know what's going on. Recurrent abdominal pain could be from an ulcer, intussusception, or even an internal hernia. Urgency of appointment depends on severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have stomach ulcers after gastric bypass and I have no desire to eat is that normal?

I have stomach ulcers after gastric bypass and I have no desire to eat is that normal?

No, but not uncommon: Follow up with surgeon. Tested for h .Pylori? Can cause ulcers. Marginal ulcers usually on the intestinal side of the anastomosis (seam) not rare. Needs follow up, especially if interfering with oral intake, or if vomiting ( a big deal). See your doc. ...Read more

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Im having stomach pain 10 years after gastric bypass?

Im having stomach pain 10 years after gastric bypass?

See yourMD: You need a work up..I have gastric bypass patients in our practice ..Of those with pain we have sent to GI for work up...Most of the time they find a cause..Do not delay ! ...Read more

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My friend had gastric bypass (stomach stapling) surgery and now has constant problems with dumping, gross.?

My friend had gastric bypass (stomach stapling) surgery and now has constant problems with dumping, gross.?

Yes one of complicat: Morbid obesity it self is a lethal disease if untreated. Gastric by pass several will have benefits, will lose weight, will be able to go back to work if they are not working due to disability, b p & diabetes will be under control or even cure, quality of life improves, how ever some will have untoward effects or complications due to by pass as you mentioned all patients will have this info. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 2 weeks ago Would marijuana smoke do the same harm as cigarettes would to my new stomach?

I had gastric bypass 2 weeks ago Would marijuana smoke do the same harm as cigarettes would to my new stomach?

Not usually: tobacco smoke contains a number of substances that increase stomach acid and reduce the lower esophageal sphincter pressure, which increases reflux and esophagitis, while reducing the effectiveness of gastric mucous. Marijuana smoke does much less of this, but if you have had problems with peptic ulcer, gastritis or esophagitis, you are far better off not smoking ANYTHING. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery on may 2nd 2012 and it's been great up till now I have and belching and having stomach pains radiating around my back?

I had gastric bypass surgery on may 2nd 2012 and it's been great up till now I have and belching and having stomach pains radiating around my back?

Biliary colic: These may be new symptoms unrelated to the bariatric surgery. Weight loss increases risk and incidence of gallstones. Gallstones can cause biliary colic: belching, bloating, upper abdominal pain after eating fatty foods that radiates into back. Okay to get see your doc. An ultrasound of the gallbladder can lead to a diagnosis. Avoid big meals and fatty meals until you can get evaluated. ...Read more

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Can I do the duodenal switch with a BMI of 27.5? Had gastric bypass 7 yrs ago. Gaining weight again. I exercise, but my stomach fits a lot of food!

Can I do the duodenal switch with a BMI of 27.5? Had gastric bypass 7 yrs ago. Gaining weight again. I exercise, but my stomach fits a lot of food!

No: Duodenal switch will not work in a patient that has undergone gastric bypass, since the food stream no longer goes by way of the duodenum. If you are gaining weight after a gastric bypass, you should see your surgeon or a specialized GI physician, who can determine the cause for weight gain. This is usually due to enlargement of the connection between the stomach pouch and the intestine. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 6/2012 and today I am having minor surgery. My blood sugar is 46 they said not to eat after midnight but i don't have a stomach.Can i eat something or no ? I'm worried

I had gastric bypass 6/2012 and today I am having minor surgery. My blood sugar is 46  they said not to eat after midnight but i don't have a stomach.Can i eat something or no ? I'm worried

Hypoglycemia: Okay to treat your hypoglycemia with small glucose tablet, turn off your Insulin pump, lower long acting Insulin in preparation for surgery. The requirement to not eat, to have an empty stomach for surgery is for safety with control of your airway and anesthesia. Avoiding aspiration is essential to safe surgery. Be well. ...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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more