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Why is it important to avoid carbonated drinks after gastric sleeve surgery?

Why is it important to avoid carbonated drinks after gastric sleeve surgery?

To avoid bloating: Carbonated drinks have 3 cans of air in one can of liquid. With a sleeve, that air expands and makes you bloated. More of the air gets in the small bowel and you get bloated. No evidence that it stretches out the sleeve. ...Read more

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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Why is it important to avoid drinking from a straw after gastric sleeve surgery?

Why is it important to avoid drinking from a straw after gastric sleeve surgery?

Gas: Certain eating behaviors early after bariatric surgery can result in more bloating and discomfort. Typically we instruct patients to avoid chewing gum, sipping through straws, gulping food and liquids, and absolutely avoiding any carbonated drinks. The GI tract tends to be a little slower after surgery. This along with tissue swelling can result in gas accumulation and discomfort. ...Read more

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How long after gastric sleeve surgery can you drink alcohol?

How long after gastric sleeve surgery can you drink alcohol?

Sleeve: You should stay away from alcohol at least 6 months after weight loss surgery for several reasons. Alcohol irritates the stomach whih may be detrimental in a recent gastric surgery. It promotes reflux which is more common after a sleeve. It has significant ammount of calories which will interfere with your weight loss. You can not predict how tou will react to alcohol after surgery. Recs may vary. ...Read more

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Recently had gastric sleeve surgery. Can only drink mere ounces. Is there alternative prep?

Recently had gastric sleeve surgery. Can only drink mere ounces. Is there alternative prep?

No...: That is what the surgery is meant to do......it is doing it. Seems you should have been told about it. ...Read more

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Can a doctor go through the belly button to preform a gastric sleeve surgery, to avoid scaring?

Can a doctor go through the belly button to preform a gastric sleeve surgery, to avoid scaring?

Yes: Yes some advanced surgeons can do this but not that many. Generally even the surgeons that are capable only do the single incision procedure on specific patients. I do this procedure in my practice but the incision is not through the belly button. But a few centimeters higher instead. ...Read more

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What are the problems after gastric sleeve surgery, help!?

What are the problems after gastric sleeve surgery, help!?

Several things: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size. LSG has been reported to increase the risk of new onset gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by altering the normal position of the sphincter at the gastroesophageal junction or in some cases, having the sleeve migrate into the chest. It is still safer than bypass ...Read more

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My friend lost 150 lbs in 2 years after gastric sleeve surgery, now having hypoglycemia attacks, Drs not helpful, Anything to help? Medications?

My friend lost 150 lbs in 2 years after gastric sleeve surgery, now having hypoglycemia attacks, Drs not helpful, Anything to help? Medications?

Post sleeve or bypas: Surgery, may respond to high protein, high fiber and low carbohydrate. If this fails use of medications like octretide or Calcuim channel blocker. Sometimes reversal surgery may be indicated ...Read more

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After gastric sleeve surgery my uvula is elongated, irritated, and causes me to gag. How do I make it go back to normal?

After gastric sleeve surgery my uvula is elongated, irritated, and causes me to gag. How do I make it go back to normal?

Here are some...: How long ago did you undergo gastric sleeve surgery? If just few days, such change could result from temporary injury to it during intubation for anesthesia; if so, such will gradually go away with uncertain pace & ending point. More? Ask your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Of course, without detailed history and a direct look at, it is still hard to come up accurate answer to your concern. ...Read more

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Treatment for GERD after gastric sleeve surgery?

Diet and: Medication management first. Sleeves can be converted to gastric bypasses with little or no natural stomach left and therefor is ofter curative for the gerd. Also a new procedure, the torax is approved. Http://www. Toraxmedical. Com/linx/. ...Read more

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Liver functions elevated after gastric sleeve surgery. Is this common or known of?

Liver functions elevated after gastric sleeve surgery. Is this common or known of?

Possible: But not very common. If there is preexisting liver disease, or reaction to medication may be the cause, lft (liver function tests) may get elevated temporarily, discuss with your doctor, will give more information. ...Read more

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Starting to feel hungry again two years after gastric sleeve surgery. Do not want to gain weight back. Any tips?

Starting to feel hungry again two years after gastric sleeve surgery. Do not want to gain weight back. Any tips?

Have a f/u: You need to see your surgeon for a follow-up. Also, see a nutritionist to reassess your dietary needs. You should be exercising regularly. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of the gas after gastric sleeve surgery?

Simethicone: Try liquid anti-gas preparations with simethicone to break up the gas bubbles in to smaller ones. It may relieve your symptoms. If not, call your surgeon for a more detailed evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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How to stop hair loss 3 1/2 months after gastric sleeve surgery?

How to stop hair loss 3 1/2 months after gastric sleeve surgery?

Vitamin deficiency: You may have a shotage of fatty acids or a vitamin deficiency. A bariatric center of excellence should have info on staying healthy during weight loss. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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Alcohol and gastric sleeve surgery, can I mix these 2?

Alcohol and gastric sleeve surgery, can I mix these 2?

Not advisable: If you are trying to lose weight, avoiding alcohol will prevent you from taking in unnecessary, empty calories. ...Read more

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I am 230 pounds and I am scheduled for my gastric sleeve surgery how much weight did you lose?

I am 230 pounds and I am scheduled for my gastric sleeve surgery how much weight did you lose?

2 points: Check with: Your surgeon about how much you will likely lose.
2ndly you meant how much would you lose (not how much did I lose)? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 230 pounds and I am scheduled for my gastric sleeve surgery, how much weight would I lose?

What do you suggest if I am 230 pounds and I am scheduled for my gastric sleeve surgery, how much weight would I lose?

It depends on you...: Studies site b/w a 60-80% excess body weight loss with the sleeve (so if you are 100 pounds overweight, you could expect a 60-80 lb weight loss). However, surgery is no magic bullet. The best results are seen in patients who are motivated, follow the diet guidelines and exercise regularly. Attending support groups and making sure to follow up with your surgeon are also keys to success. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I expect after my gastric sleeve surgery?

What can I expect after my gastric sleeve surgery?

Life changing: Make sure you talk fully with your surgery team before surgery and that you have a full understanding of the surgery and consequences BEFORE you do it. It is lifechanging. First few days after surgery can entail some nausea, pain, etc. Long term, your stomach will hold less food; protein should be the focus. Each program is a little different; talk in depth with a skilled bariatric surgeon. ...Read more

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Gastric sleeve surgery, how much weight will I lose?

Gastric sleeve surgery, how much weight will I lose?

Depends on you: Sleeve gastrectomy is a physiologic restrictive operation. The average weight loss is about 70% of the excess weight. However, it depends on the patient and his/her initial weight before surgery. Nothing say that you cant lose all your excess weight if you follow the instruction of the diet and exercise. I have several patients who lost more than 100 lbs. In the first 6 month after the surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gastric sleeve surgery how much weight will I lose?

Can you tell me about gastric sleeve surgery how much weight will I lose?

Varies: The amount of weight you will lose after gastric sleeve surgery varies. It depends upon your motivation, your diet, your exercise, … There are studies that show that people will lose an average of 60% of what they are overweight after the gastric sleeve surgery. ...Read more

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I take B12 shot every month and had gastric sleeve surgery, will it hurt to take a sublingual B12 every day too?

I take B12 shot every month and had gastric sleeve surgery, will it hurt to take a sublingual B12 every day too?

B12 sublingual: It would be fine to take sublingual B12 in addition to the B12 shots if it helps you to feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. I would like to know for what reason do you think am not losing weight, after having the gastric sleeve surgery for the past 16 days?

Dr. I would like to know for what reason do you think am not losing weight, after having the gastric sleeve surgery for the past 16 days?

Weight loss: Is still based on the simple equation of calories eaten minus calories burned off in a day. If you have not lost much weight, you are managing to eat the same amount of calories each day as you use. If you eat more than you use, you will gain weight. If you use more than you eat you will lose. You need to see if you have been low on using calories (and can increase activity to help) or vice vers. ...Read more

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I recently had gastric sleeve surgery and I'm doing really well but my skin health is really bothering me my face has these black scale like marks?

I recently had gastric sleeve surgery and I'm doing really well but my skin health is really bothering me my face has these black scale like marks?

Malabsorption: Bariatric surgery works by making us feel full (reducing the size of the stomach) and make some calories pass through. While a gastric sleeve's primary mechanism is through reducing the size of the stomach, malabsorption can occur. Consult with your doctor or a nutritionist to see if this is the culprit, and to be certain there is not another process at work. ...Read more

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2 days after my gastric sleeve surgery I gained 10lbs. The nurses said it was from all the IV fluids they pumped into me. Is this normal? Did it fail?

2 days after my gastric sleeve surgery I gained 10lbs. The nurses said it was from all the IV fluids they pumped into me. Is this normal? Did it fail?

Water weight: It is likely as the nurses said, that your weight gain is related to the Iv fluids you received. Time will tell as you should lose that weight over a 5-10 period after surgery. ...Read more

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Is it easier to have your baby before you start gastric sleeve surgery?

Is it easier to have your baby before you start gastric sleeve surgery?

Baby vs bari surgery: If you are typing this message, I gather you must be obese and trying to lose weight. With obesity, there are problems that can come with pregnancy. After your weight loss, those problems may become a lot less resulting in your pregnancy going better. ...Read more

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What are the chances of gastric sleeve surgery failing in the FIRST couple weeks/months? & how common does it happen?

Sleeve and diet: If by "failing, " you mean that your weight did not go down, it is possible. The procedure should be combined with a change in diet. Supervision by a knowledgeable nutritionist helps. The sleeve makes dieting to lose weight easier, but it doesn't make the weight go down by itself. Some people require a second procedure. Should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do gastric band surgery and gastric sleeve surgery differ?

Different type: Gastric band is reversible, where the adjustable (removable) device at upper stomach with very small pouch constricts like dumbbell. In gastric sleeve, a tube of stomach is left, rest of stomach is removed ...Read more

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How common are leaks and complications during gastric sleeve surgery?

How common are leaks and complications during gastric sleeve surgery?

About 1% leak rate: Leaks have steadily decreased with experience. Now less than 1%. For our practice, we have learned to stay on liquids 2 weeks and puréed foods for two additional weeks. That lowers gut pressure until fully healed. ...Read more

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How much over weight do you have to be before you can have a gastric sleeve surgery performed?

Sleeve gastrectomy: You need to have a BMI over 40 if you have no medical problems, or a BMI over 35 if you have at least 2 obesity related medical problems. ...Read more

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What are the lab. Investigation prior to gastric sleeve surgery?

Labs: Full blood count and chemistry, ekg, chest x-ray, urinalysis and culture. Your surgeon may require medical clearance as well. Some may require some evaluation of your nutritional state like you protein and albumin. ...Read more

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I'm having gastric sleeve surgery in twelve days. Can I go this weekend and get a tattoo?

I'm having gastric sleeve surgery in twelve days. Can I go this weekend and get a tattoo?

Think about it...: Do you really want to suffer the double recovery involved with both a fresh tatoo site AND a fresh abdominal incision? ...Read more

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Seeing the endocrinologist next week, before I have gastric sleeve surgery. What will they be looking for in my blood?

Seeing the endocrinologist next week, before I have gastric sleeve surgery. What will they be looking for in my blood?

No simple answer: Doctors use blood tests to assess literally hundreds of conditions. The hormone specialist may be checking in their area but genera; testing is not excluded. ...Read more

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How often should I eat clear liquids one week out of gastric sleeve surgery? It feels as though I am hungry every hour. Is this normal?

Every 15 min 1st wk: After a sleeve, most patients drink something every 15 min (or even more often) since it is hard to drink very much each time. Most surgeons allow full liquids for the first two weeks. Then usually puréed for two more weeks. But, always check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I had a gastric sleeve surgery 2 weeks ago and I noticed few days ago that my sence of taste has gone and I'm freaking out is this normal?

Hi doctor I had a gastric sleeve surgery 2 weeks ago and I noticed few days ago that my sence of taste has gone and I'm freaking out is this normal?

Normal, yes: Following gastric surgery or trauma, taste is often compromised for several days or a week or so. Its you GI system trying to re-calibrate itself. Don't worry unless the lack of taste persists fro more than several weeks. If that's the case, see your PCP for a GI referral. ...Read more

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Gastric Sleeve (Definition)

Basically we take your stomach from the size of a football and cut in down to the size of a banana. And throw the excess stomach away. The sleeve has an expected weight loss of about 60-70% of your excess weight ...Read more


Gastric (Definition)

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