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Will I experience a lot of pain after bariatric surgery?

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 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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What could I possibly do to help prevent lots of excess hanging skin after bariatric surgery?

What could I possibly do to help prevent lots of excess hanging skin after bariatric surgery?

Not a lot: One of the good things about bariatric surgery is that it leads to rapid weight loss. Unfortunately, this also leads to poor retraction of the skin. People who tend to lose weight more slowly through diet and exercise tend to have better skin retraction, but it is by no means perfect. It's better to think of bariatric surgery as a means of treating all of your other health issues. ...Read more

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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!

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 more

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Bariatric surgery how safe it is?

Bariatric surgery how safe it is?

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 more

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How can I obtain bariatric surgery?

How can I obtain bariatric surgery?

Find a surgeon.: Find an experienced Bariatric surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation. Www.obesityhelp.com may help. ...Read more

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Just how effective is bariatric surgery?

Very: Bariatric surgery if done correctly, appears to be very effective, provided you stick to your job and not to eat what comes your way. You will need to eat foods that you can tolerate, but also healthy ones. ...Read more

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What will happen after bariatric surgery?

You'll lose weight.: Hopefully. You'll follow a prudent weight loss diet and exercise regimen. You'll supplement vitamins. You'll consult regularly with a Dietitian. You'll get blood tests to make sure you're nutritionally optimized. ...Read more

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How can you feel about bariatric surgery?

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

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Can you tell me about the bariatric surgery?

Can you tell me about the bariatric surgery?

From the Experts: http://asmbs.org/obesity-and-surgery-learning-center/bariatric-surgery-procedures/.

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Is it true that bariatric surgery is dangerous?

Is it true that bariatric surgery is dangerous?

It's surgery.: Any operation has risks, which is why more conservative efforts at weight loss must be failed before weight loss surgery is entertained. That being said, in the hands of an experienced surgeon weight loss surgery is minimally risky. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is bariatric surgery dangerous?

Bariatric surgery: Any surgery has its risks including bleeding, infection and risks of anesthesia. Bariatric surgery is no different. However, obesity has so many risks for disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint problems, that when the risks are compared it is often a better safer choice to have the surgery. ...Read more

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What exactly can you eat after bariatric surgery?

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 more

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How exactly does bariatric surgery affect health?

Diabetes and more: Bariatric surgery has a major impact on diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint disease, gastric reflux, infertility, high cholesterol, headaches, urinary incontinence, and depression. The latest press showing dramatic correction of diabetes should make anyone with a bmi over 35 (70 pounds overweight) and diabetes really think about bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of bariatric surgery?

What are the different kinds of bariatric surgery?

Best operation: There is no "best" operation. Different people do better with different operations. The gastric bypass is the gold standard and results in the most weight loss and best at curing diabetes. However, it may not be the right one for you. The sleeve gastrectomy is also very effective. The lap band is falling out of favor these days and only accounts for 8% of the weight loss operations done in the US. ...Read more

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Please tell me how effective is bariatric surgery?

Please tell me how effective is bariatric surgery?

It works.: It's not magic, but with proper eating and exercise habits afterwards, bariatric surgery is one of the most effective ways to achieve permanent weight loss. ...Read more

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How soon can I drive after I have bariatric surgery?

How soon can I drive after I have bariatric surgery?

1-2 weeks: You should be off of narcotic pain medication and comfortable behind the wheel before resuming driving. For laparoscopic surgery this is usually 1-2 weeks, with patients undergoing open surgery needing more time. ...Read more

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What type of bariatric surgery is to be done for me?

Bariatric surgery: Answering that question requires getting your full medical history and can take a while to figure out. Some patients take days, weeks, or months to decide between having a lap band, gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy. You'll need to see an experienced bariatric surgeon for a consultation to help you with that answer. I go through this everyday with new patients, but can't give a short answer. ...Read more

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What could be the possible benefits of bariatric surgery?

What could be the possible benefits of bariatric surgery?

Lots: Bariatric surgery can help with any of the associated medical problems commonly seen with obesity. Following weight loss, patients can see improvements in their blood pressure, blood sugar, reflux disease, joint pain, sleep apnea, and many other things. You should look for a bariatric center of excellence to discuss these matters in more detail. ...Read more

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Am I likely to gain the weight back after bariatric surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

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


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