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Will I be able to eat normally after the gastric bypass?
Are there strict dietary regimens and rules I will have to follow in order to stop regaining weight?
Is exercise important?
How long is the hospital stay?
What happens to the bypassed stomach?
What are the expected weight loss results?
Will I need plastic surgery after the procedure?
What complications can occur after weight loss surgery?
You will certainly eat differently. You may experience the following:
You can eat regular food (with the exception of sweets), and many of your previous food cravings will vanish.
In the first several months after the operation you need to adapt to your new eating style. There is a lot of trial and error in food selection. Within a few months, eating is much easier.
There is no rigid diet to adhere to after surgery.
But you will need to pay attention to portion control. You'll need to get used to eating smaller amounts of food that can be digested safely in your smaller stomach. It may be difficult for your digestive system to tolerate foods that are high in fat or added sugars.
Our philosophy is to form a partnership with you, through education and good patient support, so that you can create good eating habits to reach and maintain your weight control goal.
Being physically active, more than exercise, is important for maintaining the lost weight.
Regular exercise is helpful in losing weight and improving your health. Becoming more active as the weight is lost will help you realize the benefits of a healthier weight and increase your long-term success.
Look at increased activity as one of the rewards for being successful with weight control. Being able to walk upstairs without your knees and back hurting, and without getting severely short of breath, is a wonderful thing - enjoy it.
Most patients leave the hospital after spending one night. The rest typically leave after spending two nights in the hospital.
It stays in your body. It still has a blood supply and produces important enzymes and hormones.
On average, after a gastric bypass, our patients lose about 70 to 80 percent of their excess weight during a two-year period. Weight loss is extremely rapid after the first six months and then tapers off.
Some patients will regain five to ten percent of their excess weight during the two- to five-year mark.
Long-term studies have documented persistent weight loss over a 10- to 20-year follow-up. Gastric bypass is one of the best-studied operations for long-term weight loss.
Patients who lose significant weight may want to have excess skin removed. There is not much you can do to prevent this excess skin from becoming a cosmetic problem.
We recommend waiting 18 to 24 months before considering cosmetic surgery. We can recommend plastic surgeons that specialize in this type of treatment.
As with any operation, there are potential complications associated with gastric bypass surgery. These include:
Iron deficiency anemia
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