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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
Such as Viagra?: If your blood pressure is in good range and not taking "nitrate" medication, erectile enhancement pill should be ok to use. I assume you were given this before your gastric bypass surgery? If nothing else change beside the bypass, these med should can be used. Of course, having a regular follow-up with your doc and consult on this matter is advised. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on procedure: Weight loss is usually reported as % of excess weight lost over time. Bypass procedures usually produce more weight loss than banding procedures. Restrictive only procedures (banding) results in a typical weight loss of 40-60% of excess weight while procedures that combine a restrictive and malabsorptive component (bypass procedures) typically result in 50 to 70% excess weight loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less likely: Bariatric surgery is the single most effective treatment for losing and maintaining effective weight loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for obesity or any immunity to gaining weight. Surgery is an effective tool. The tool must be used properly to work. Incorporating better eating and exercise behavior is essential to optimizing success. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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