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Will I Experience A Lot Of Pain After Bariatric Surgery
Pain for 2-3 days: Nearly all bariatric surgery is laparoscopic, involving 4-5 small punctures. These sites do burn for 2-3 days. Most people take morphine for the first 12 hours. Then an oral agent like hydrocodone is used for the next 5-7 days. Many surgeons also use small soaker catheters that drip local anesthetic into the sites to further decrease pain. It is good to think of pain as your body's way to heal! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hard to prevent: Excess skin is hard to really prevent. When we see a patient who has lost 100 pounds, we see healthy person no longer suffering from joint, lung, diabetes, and blood pressure problems. Better to be healthy with alittle skin. About 20% of our patients eventually get skin cut off. Insurance covers some. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is bariatric surgery safe? I'm 5'6" 213 with a lot of muscle due to weight training. Just can't lose the fat. Am i weight loss resistant? Help!
Weight loss surgery: Two answers: first, bariatric surgery is safer than its ever been. It is safer than heart operations, safer than hip operations. The death rate today for a gastric bypass is 1 in 900. 1 in 2000 for a lap band. But, at your height and weight, your bmi is 34.3 and you wouldn't qualify for the surgical procedures. I am sorry. Today, a bmi > 35 with medical complications of obesity is required. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Increasingly safe : Bariatric surgery is really a grab bag of terms and there are many procedures available which range from relatively minimally invasive to highly complex. The risks relate to the extent of the surgery as well as the health of the individual undergoing the surgery and tolerance of general anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bariatric surgery : How do I feel? It can be a life saving, life altering operation. It can improve or even cure you of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, chf, etc. And as a result make you live longer. How will you feel? You have to be ready and committed to make a complete lifestyle change. Eat healthy food ; exercise. It's not easy. It takes work, but you will feel great. ...Read more
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
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