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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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


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