#6 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
What you will learn from this blog post:
Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Weight Loss Surgery.
Weight Loss Surgery (also known as Bariatric Surgery) is known to be the most effective treatment for obesity.
However, weight loss surgery(WLS) is not for everyone. WLS is generally recommended for people who:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more -- about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 for women.
- Have a BMI of 35 but also have serious health problems related to obesity such as Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea or Hyperlipidemia.
- Have tried and failed to lose weight by nonsurgical means such as diet and exercise.
The most popular Bariatric Surgery performed here in the United States are Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass(RYGB) and Sleeve Gastrectomy(SG). Both Surgery alter the anatomy of the upper gastrointestinal track.
Here are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How Does Weight Loss Surgery Affect Overall Health?
Obesity-related medical problems will generally improve after weight loss surgery. These include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- High cholesterol
- Degenerative joint disease or orthopedic problems
- High blood pressure
- Urinary incontinence
2. What Lifestyle Changes Are Necessary After Weight Loss Surgery?
To keep the weight off, you need to work at it. Some people do regain some weight over time if new healthy habits are not implemented after bariatric surgery.
Here are some tips to keep the weight off:
- Make nutrition a priority.
Learn more about nutrition. Learn Meal planning, meal prepping and how to read food labels.
Learn about the best and more effective exercises to help improve your metabolism.
- Portion Control becomes very crucial.
Eat very small meals. Adapting to small meals is challenging but necessary. Eat small amounts of food slowly, chew well, and eat lots of protein.
3. How Does Weight Loss Surgery Affect Nutrition?
After weight loss surgery, it becomes more difficult to absorb certain nutrients that are usually absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Nutrients such as:
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin D
However, taking a daily multivitamin, plus other supplements, can prevent or reduce deficiencies.
4. What causes nausea and vomiting after weight loss surgery?
Some of the common causes of Nausea and vomiting in the early post-operative days after WLS include:
- Drinking or eating too fast.
- Not chewing your food thoroughly.
- Lactose Intolerance
- Displeasure with vitamins and mineral supplements.
To mitigate these problems, you can do the following; Take small bites of food or small or sips of fluid, chew food thoroughly. Avoid poorly tolerated foods. Drink recommended amount of fluids. If nausea and vomiting cannot be traced to a dietary factor, or if nausea is associated with epigastric pain, you need to contact your Surgeon for further evaluation.
5. How do I avoid the ‘Dumping syndrome’?
Dumping syndrome after gastric bypass surgery occurs when food gets “dumped” directly from your stomach pouch into your small intestine without being digested. Symptoms may include bloating, sweating, abdominal cramps and pain, nausea, facial flushing, heart palpitations and fast heartbeat, dizziness or fainting, diarrhea.
Tips to avoid dumping syndrome:
- Do not use straws
- Avoid Carbonation
- Avoid Extreme Temperature (too hot or too cold)
- Sip slowly, don’t gulp
- Limit sugar and fat content
6. Why is caffeine limited after surgery?
Caffeine is a diuretic which means that it will encourage your body to lose water. Since dehydration is the primary complication of any weight loss surgery, it is important to stay hydrated.
7. Can I drink alcohol after WLS?
A: Alcohol is not recommended after surgery. Due to part of the stomach being removed or bypassed, you are unable to metabolize alcohol well. Without the enzymes necessary to break down the alcohol, the alcohol goes faster into the bloodstream and gets you intoxicated much faster. In addition, you are drinking empty calories which will slow down your weight loss progress.
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