Bariatric Surgery or Weight Loss Surgery – Types, Complications and Results

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FAQs - About Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)

1. Which type of specialist generally performs Bariatric Surgery Operation?

Usually a general surgeon trained in this type of surgery will perform the operation. Always check the credentials of the surgeon before selecting them. It is best to speak to a patient who may have had similar surgery and ask them about their experience with the surgeon and the hospital facilities.

2. What are the routine tests before surgery?

The tests to be done are based on the condition of the patient: Analysis of blood samples, urine, pulmonary function tests, echocardiogram, sleep studies, evaluation of gastrointestinal functions, cardiology evaluation, and psychiatric evaluation. In addition, thyroid function tests and liver function test are also done.

3. Why do I have to have a sleep study?

This is usually done to detect conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea that is associated with a high mortality rate.

4. Is Laparoscopic surgery the safest choice?

Laparoscopic surgery does carry the risks just like any surgical procedure. Benefits include shorter hospital stay, less discomfort, faster recovery, and fewer scars.

5. How long do I have to stay in the hospital?

This is highly variable and depends upon the surgery. It could be as short as one day laparoscopic adjustable gastric band).

6. How soon will I be able to walk?

Doctors may ask you to get up and walk almost immediately. Return to normal life (work, driving vehicles etc) will strictly be according to the advice the treating doctor.

7. Is exercise required after surgery?

Exercise is an absolute must for a healthy life after surgery.

8. Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

A woman is recommended to avoid getting pregnant during the first year after surgery.

9. Are there age restrictions to perform a bariatric surgery?

Age is a controversial area. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved LAP-BAND for use in patients 18 years and older. The age of 60s is generally set as a cut off for performing gastric bypass. Increasing experience will be required to decide what type of surgery benefits which age group.

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tammy6 

how long is healing period for lap band surgery

bebe1 

hello, i too had gb in 97 great until i started with dv in 2005 2008 and now will not go away. am being tested for same thing mg. so far everything is neg. i think it is my gb also. the dumping side of life going to see if i can get into seeing gb surgeon to see if they have an idea?! dont want to scare you but have had friends pass from these same issues. stay on top of this. you know there are not any long term studies on gb. we will be the studies. i have started keeping up with everything i put in my mouth to see if it is affecting my feeling and dv. i take two b12 shots a month and 50,000 units of vit d and 325mg times 3 daily of iron.will have to the rest of my life .keep pushing for answers and research.you have to be your own advocate. God bless . good luck.

kosterholt 

please I hope you read this I know this post was 3 years old but it a shot my wife just had the surgery and now has double vision and blurred vision the doctors say its the anesthesia but I do not think so can you tell me if it ever got better

andrea 

In addition to my other letter. I also am having trouble with a foot that is going numb. Neruopathy from lack of vitamin b-12 and I am having trouble with my eye sight. I have double vision. they are testing me for mysethina gravis and MS. I am suffering daily all I believe due to the gastric bypass surgery.. I maybe wrong but I was without any of these problems before the surgery.. My dr. once said for being 333lbs. you'd never know it looking at all of my health issues or lack of and lab work. my health status was great I only was fat...I'd do anything to not have done this surgery and have my healthy fat life back...I can't believe I did this surgery so I could do more funny, I suffer daily in pain, losing my teeth, losing feeling in my foot and most of all I have to close my left eye to see or I'll see double vision. that takes away your independence.. OH what I wouldn't do to be a healthy fat functioning independently daily....

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