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Bariatric Surgery

The dramatic weight loss surgery that is saving lives of obese individuals.

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Over the course of the past decade, bariatric surgery has grown in popularity and recently become fairly common as a final attempt for weight loss when all other options have been exhausted.

Bariatric surgery is serious business and it’s not for everyone. Candidates must be diagnosed morbidly obese by their physician, weighing 100 pounds or more over their recommended weight. For individuals who have worked closely with their doctor with varied prescribed diets and plans, bariatric surgery can often be the answer they need to save their lives.

There are two different surgical procedures: restriction and gastric bypass. Both are procedurally different but their primary objective is to limit the amount of food a person can consume by altering the size of the individual’s gastrointestinal tract.

The first two years following bariatric surgery, a patient can expect to lose 50 percent to 60 percent of their excess weight.

Bariatric surgery is a major surgery, so there are risks involved. Some symptoms experienced following the procedure include nausea, weakness, diarrhea, sweating and faintness. More serious problems include additional surgery to fix complications, gallstones, anemia and osteoporosis due to nutrition deficiency.

At this time, long-term results of the bariatric surgeries are still unavailable.

PRO

-Bariatric surgery is a formidable solution for many people with serious weight issues -As this procedure is performed more and more, new information is being learned on how yield the best outcome for the patient -Insurance may cover a portion of the cost

CON

-Bariatric surgery is very expensive -Comes with many serious health complications including the possibility of death -Not a magic pill to lose weight -Individual must change the way they eat for the rest of their lives

DIET and NUTRITION

One of the key elements in having success with bariatric surgery is how well the patient adheres to specific dietary guidelines for the post-surgery diet. The individual will have to significantly change how and what he or she eats for the rest of her life. Six weeks following surgery, the patient can consume only liquids or very soft foods. His or her doctor will outline exactly what he or she can and cannot eat. Once the healing has taken place, the individual must then continue to closely monitor how and what he or she eats. Low-fat, low-carbohydrate and high protein meals are the mainstay. Food must also be chewed very carefully and the person may pay very special attention to making sure that he or she only eats until she is satisfied. Eating a high fat or high carb meal or eating too much can result in unpleasant side effects including expanding the stomach thereby undoing much of the work of the surgery.

EXERCISE

Once the patient feels well enough to start exercising again, then he or she is encouraged to begin a slow-paced exercise program. As more time passes, the intensity of the workouts should increase, as regular exercise on most days of the week becomes a staple component to losing weight and keeping it off.

CONCLUSION

Bariatric surgery is a major ordeal, and should not be thought of as a simple in-and-out vanity procedure. Many individuals are erroneously under the assumption that once the surgery is complete, you can resume your usual eating habits as the weight comes off. This is not the case. Once the surgery is complete, the bariatric surgery patient will likely experience a host of complications and will have to monitor how they eat for the rest of their lives. If you feel that you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, speak with your medical doctor to learn more about this procedure.

Common Misspellings

bariatric diet, Baratrik, Bariatrik, Bariatric Surgry, barriatric surgery, bariatric surgury, gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, obesity surgery


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Wikipedia

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, refers to the various surgical procedures performed to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient intake and/or absorption. The term does not include procedures for surgical removal of body fat such as liposuction or abdominoplasty.

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Alana Cicchi

Can a person who has no teeth and cannot chew have gastric surgery for weight loss? I need to know if a person who has no teeth and cannot chew well shouldnt have gastric surgery for weight loss? can a person who has no teeth and no false ones to use, even have this surgery? They emphasize so much about chewing your food sooo well. That is impossible for me to physically DO, even now taking small bites I often get food chunks stuck inside my esophagus and throw it back up after much pain. Another question, I am taking liquid narcotic medication for treatment day to day, will I be even able to drink that? If I couldnt Id go into immediate withdrawl and tear open my stitchs vomiting.

posted Feb 27th, 2012 12:49 am


Alana

I was told at 36 years old five foot one and 189 Lbs. that I should have this even tho my BMI is too low for it due to my lung illness, qwalified me, I deciede to wait, maybe forever, after I heard others stories. OMFG. Also I hear this and say to myself If a person such as myself could change their eating to less and exercize in the fiorst place, we would not have needed this! Id be thin if I could eat right. Surgery wont change that. I NEVER and I repeat NEVER feel any type of actual hunger pangs or a thing, I only ever eat to TASTE things. that wont change with surgery based upon less actual; Hunger due to stomach size. SO I dislike the idea

posted Feb 27th, 2012 12:41 am


Deb

I've read many of the comments made about bariatric surgeries. I have been told I am 110 lbs. overweight. I am about to undergo bariatric bypass surgery and have been told that this is to help save my longivity due to 10 years of esophageal reflux disease (treated) that requires this to keep the acid out of my esophagous. I lost a brother to esophageal cancer and with that history, my doctors recommend this surgery. From the comments I've read I am half and half on my decision, but at the same time, I don't think I have a choice, due to my health. Pray for my success.

posted Oct 19th, 2011 8:47 am


Sue S

I had my gastric bypass Oct. 2000 at age 50.
I initially lost 180 lb in 8 month...10 years later not 60... I have been able to maintain a 150 lb loss. It was NOT a quick fix or an easy one. For me it was more like a second chance to get it right.
I'm still not thin but I am healthy. I need to watch what I eat because I never much ate out of hunger ...but more for comfort.
You really do have to examine What you eat but.... but also WHY and When you eat. Finally some form of exercise is essential for maintaining. If I exercise more regularly I would probably maintain a weight loss of another 20-30 lbs.

posted Jun 10th, 2010 1:05 pm


mike smith

I had gastic bypass 06/24/08 as of 09/08/2009 I have lost 252 lbs. I now way 208 lbs at 6' 2". As far as my hunger goes im always hungry . The effects of the surgery have warn-off now. Now I need life changing eating habits

posted Sep 8th, 2009 6:50 am


marie

i had my gastric band put in in november 2008 i lost 40 pounds in the first two months i am struggling to lose more i had my thyroid out in 1997 i kept gaining weight i couldnt stand it anymore i am glad i got it done but i am sad i eat so little with such little results i do feel better even 40 pounds is better the no pounds

posted May 13th, 2009 2:12 pm



Jeanie Kinnicutt Kostun

I just had gastric bypass this past Monday. I was told that I wouldn't have hunger bangs but I have been and am just wondering if this is actually common. I have been sticking to the liquid diet EXACTLY but am still feeling hunger.....HELP!

posted May 1st, 2009 5:13 pm


Mary D

I was 13 when I had the surgury, I was 5'9" and 358 lbs at the time, THE youngest...ever(now the age might be 12?). I'm now 19 and previously got down to a staggeringly low weight at about 135( being 5'9"...it was a bit scary) and have gained a significant back (a little more than I wanted at about 195 but look healthy) but I know I am absolutely able to lose the weight again. It's a lifestyle change...not just a surgery. The surgery makes it clear that you are what you eat!



I am now going to school to be a Registered Dietician and work in the Barriatric Ward of hopefully the hospital I had the procedure. I had a nutrtionist that was stick skinny for her whole life, I feel like I am 100% relateable and have such a passion for it (especially teens!)

posted Dec 3rd, 2008 8:21 pm


FAY - 2003

I would like to let everyone know (if this did not work for you) you know you are eating over and testing it!! BOTTOM LINE!!
NOW >>some people did die from the surgery, some had bad surgeon but this is a small case.

I have had mine since 2003 my doctor: DR. JAWAD lately i test it by eating potatoes, sandwich, candy and yes some old habit are coming back, so i have to stop some how - This is a LIFE CHANGE PEOPLE -- if you don't want to change for life don't do it - and if you are weak as I am getting now then seek a support group - in person not at home!!
Try to get out more like parking far away then close by the grocery store, do not buy what you are NOT suppose to eat!!

Now I need correction, now I am from Louisiana and we have eaten all dishes with rice, bread, and high fats and so I really had to redo Fay.

So I need some Diet information like from the beginning - I was in a size 24 but made it to a 5/6 but now I am in a 14. And if I do not seek care again I will end up in a 24 due to me eating when I am nervous, or busy.

posted Oct 28th, 2008 4:06 pm


crystal

a relative of mine had gastric bypass surgery 2 years ago. It has been a horrible long year for him this year due to the fact that every single day he vomits everything he eats. he doesnt have much of an appetite and is eating alot less than a person with 2 yrs of having the surgery should eat. at the end of the night he feels weak and so tired because he is not getting any nutrients due to all the vomiting he does all day. the doctors already did several testing but they cannot find out the problem. Instead of this person living a healthier better life he is living a sickness life now. Make sure to take in consideration the possible side effects this surgery can give you because you might be making a big mistake that will not be reversed.

posted Oct 26th, 2008 5:08 pm


sgustems

I had surgery 4 years ago, I lost 120 pds and kept it off.. I will never go back to being fat.... The key is exersize and eating habbits, your going loose weight alot the first year but after the year your work begins, if you have not changed your eating habbits, you start drinking a little pop, etc you will gain it back , or you will stop loosing at that point... My doctor told me it was not going to be a quick fix, and that you have to be aware of everything you put in your month. you cant cheat untill you reach your goal weight once there you can add a little bad food once in a great while , but always revert to the good. I have exersized everyday, and eat right.. thats the key and a way of life now.... i would do it all over again... I had a friend who had the same surgery a year before me..; she lost alot of weight too but never got under 200 pds becouse she stated eating all the wrong things and drinking pop... now she is all messed in side and still has the weight to contend with.... its sad, this surgery is a life time commitment not just 1 a years, and there is alot of rearrageing or your insides. you have to take vitamins for the rest of your life, b12 shots once a month, you also have to deal with low blood surgar, and low iron ... but i still would do it all over again...

posted Sep 25th, 2008 9:06 am


stacey

My mother just had the surgery in march of 2008. As of June 1st she has lost 70 pounds and she looks GREAT! She has alot more energy and she is still losing. The way she had to change her eating habbit really helped her, and it helped her family. We all now are cautious of what we eat, especially around her. She is doing great and we are all very proud of her. She started at 5'6" and 289 pounds..she now weighs 218 pounds and is now wearing a size 20 (almost 18) from a size 26 or higher. WAY TO GO MOM!!!!

posted Jun 10th, 2008 8:58 am


Katie

In Aug. of this year it will be 5 years since i had the full Gasteric By- Pass. I have lost over 150 lbs. That just in its self is wonderful. I was 21 yeas old and had no prior health conditions. At the time one of the youngest to undergo this surgery. yes, I have kept my weight off and do follow a "diet" or what i would like to call a "life style" change. I have read many of the comments that the rest of you have left and the risk of "complication." One aspect of this surgery that I would love to bring up, that no one has touched base on, is the mental aspect. There is more than Just Physical complications. I went in to having this surgery with the mental aspect that i was going to be "hot" after I lost all of my weight. Im not saying that im not pretty and that i dont feel 100% better. But nobody warned me about having a jaded self image. I know that those of you that have lost a signifigant amount of weight know what I'm talking about. The loose skin,shopping and picking up bigger sizes. The questioning of have i lost enough? Should I do more? Anyway you get the point..... I had to get a mental evaluation with a shrink before hand...but, never had a follow up!!!! I do believe that if one takes the time with there doc and this is the best weight loss solution for you then.... GO FOR IT!!!! I can not stress enough to see a shrink and never doubt your self...

posted Jun 6th, 2008 9:37 pm


caylen

i had gastric 8 yrs. ago, iI lost70 pounds and gained it all back. I am back to square one. I am not sure how to get back on track. i welcome any advice.

posted May 22nd, 2008 11:50 am


SHERIE

I had my surg. in 1997 I lost 100lbs. I was in and out of the hospital several times-gallbladder surg. dehydration, constant vomiting and feeling so tired. I felt like a failure because I didn't lose more weight and I was vomitting almost everytime i would eat. Drs. couldn't figure out why. I lost several teeth because of this. Three years ago had been vomitting more than usual-one day dark blood came up and I was rushed to hospital. they found i had blocked the opening and had a small bleeding ulcer. After removal, I still was vomiting-more tests--they found out that the opening on my stomach was so narrow-smaller that the diameter of a straw and this is why I was vomiting. Today, I am regaining my weight and more depressed. I am also anemic and have had to have transfusions. WOULD I DO THIS AGAIN--YOU BET BUT --COUNSELING IS A MUST, LIFELONG NUTRIONIST FOLLOWUP, AND EXERCISE A MUST. I am hoping I can find someone to try and revise the original surg. and am hoping to do it right this time

posted Mar 23rd, 2008 11:42 pm


sherry m

The best thing I ever did for my health! If you have struggled your whole life and tried every excercise plan and diet out there get off the wheel there is a cure for obesity if you are willing to change your entire life as you know it after the surgery. I went from a size 28 to a size 4 in under 2 years. I continue to workout 6 days a week for a half hour a day and stay on the maintenance diet the nutrionist gave me. If you truly want to loose weight you need to go to a licesed nutrionist. If you have a medical problem you need to go to a bariatric doctor. These people specialize in it, that is what they do. I highly recommend the best surgeon available in the USA Dr. William O'Malley out of Rochester, NY.


Anonymous

I had my surgery Jan. 2007. I have lost 65 pounds and 20 before surgery for a total of 85 pounds. I haven't lost in 5 months..up and down 3 pounds..but I feel great. I think my pouch is larger. I can consume a lot of food. I have always said that from the beginning, but no one is listening.


rose

I had gastric bypass in 2006 it will be two years on the 9th I lost 150 lbs over the last two years It was a very hard two years in and out of the hospital 14 times and they still do not no what went wrong. Please Read everything you can before you go under the knife.Its taken me two years to get my life back.The surgery is NOT for everyone.Im healther now after two years make sure you no the facts. Im not sure if I would ever do this again. Im a special case with lots of problems. I still believe in my heart its becouse I was so sick health wise going in it make it more difficult for me to recover. The dr's tried to tell me it was all in my head but don't believe that to this day. Every case is different.Every Person is different. So Please ask everyone and read everything.I would be happy to tell any one my story of two years of Hell and back


SUMMER

MY FRIEND'S DR. SAID HERS WAS LEFT TO LOW AND NEEDS TO BE RAISED FOR WT. LOSS.


Anonymous

I had gastic lap band sugey in 2005. I have restriction,folloe the rules, and see my surgeon. I have lost 8 pounds. No one knows why. Wish I would have saved my 16k!



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