FAQ - Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia
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For anyone who is getting or have already gotten the Gastric Bypass?

I already know what test that i have to go through. i have already did the blood/urine, chest x-ray, ekg, echocardiogram, pulmonary function test, blood gas, abdominal and vascular ultrasound, a visit to the chest clinic and a visit with the nutritionist. I already know I have to do a psych evaluation (state law). How much else do I have to do before the actual surgery? Share your story with me. Thanks.

Those are all the tests I had to take before my surgery which was this past Friday, January 30th. You're about done and of course they have to submit it to the insurance company if you're going that route. That's the only thing that worried me a bit.  (+ info)

burst gastric ulcer and peripheral vascular disease?

dad was rushed to er with a burst ulcer he was un aware he had he already had untreated pvd as his calf of one leg would play him up on and off
after successful emergency treatment by way of an op he has made good proggress however they have him on anti biotics and also a blood thinner jab
and his feet have become very swollen and some blisters have formed that have now burst on their own
his consultant is happy the leg problem is chronic and not acute after having had an mra scan
but i wondered what causes this cellulitis type odeama after such an op and how long it will take to improve and what steps we could take to help it
dad is out of bed and walking with a frame having gone in there fully mobile any ideas please thankyou

my dad also had this,it took a while may 2 months untill he was well enough to go back to work, hes fine now no problems walking,its such a major op its very sore and is painful when moving and walking iam sure your dad will be fine just as mine is, dont worry.  (+ info)

How do vasoconstrictors relieve a vascular headache?

A vascular headache is a headache where blood vessel swelling or disturbance causes the pain.

Vasoconstrictors are supposed to help, but I'm not sure why or how.

They narrow the blood vessels, slowing the blood flow.  (+ info)

What are the symptons of gastric problems and how can this be solved?

My mum is suffering from stomach aches and she has been diagnosed to have gastric problems and I want a solution to her problem.Can some one please help me?

Once the doctor tells you what's causing the stomach aches, ask the doctor what can be done to treat the stomach aches. He may not be sure what is causing them. If they only started recently after she began taking a new medication, maybe the medication is causing the gastric distress. If they only occur at night when she's lying down, maybe it's an "acid reflux" symptom which can be treated. She could try staying on a very bland food diet and if her condition improved, she could tell her doctor so that he would know what the problem is. There are hundreds of gastrointestinal problems that your mother may have, and you need to continue monitoring her symptoms and comparing them to those you can read about on medical websites such as
http://www.webMd.com and http://nihseniorhealth.gov/listoftopics.html
Also, hospitals have telephone assistance for people calling in with medical problems that need help. Ask for the "nurses hot line" or doctor referral information.  (+ info)

What are the downsides to gastric bypass surgery?

specifically what are the nutritional ramifications because I have read that B-vitamins and protein cannot be absorbed because of the portion of small intestine that is bypassed. Also, what happens if there is a pregancy? What happens to a developing fetus if the B-vitamins and protein is not accessible? What are other downsides to gastric bypass surgery? I want to make the best informed decision and I am afraid that I am only hearing of the "up" sides of surgery or at best "sugar coated" negative sides to the surgery. I would like the most information anyone is able to give me! Thank you!

If I was interested in that kind of surgery, I would go to my family doctor. He will be able to answer all your questions. In fact he can refer you to a doctor that can help you. Please, be very careful on deciding to have the surgery and be sure to shop for an absolute, 100% for real doctor that knows his business. I will be anxious for you. And I pray you will make the right decision . Thanks and God Bless.  (+ info)

How much will gastric bypass affect my excess skin?

I am having Gastric bypass in less than a week and i know that I will have excess skin. I will probably have it where my love handles are, a little above the belly button. How much will gastric bypass effect the stretching of my skin? I am only 19 years old and currently weigh 261 pounds. The doctor told me it will not be as bad as an older person, but still i would like to know. Is there a way to get rid of excess skin besides more surgery?

I had bypass at 34 and can tell you that after meeting many people that have also had it, it's a real toss up. I know you would like to know but like you rdoc said - the only known thing is that your young and you still have a lot of snap back left in your skin. But your genetics place a big part as well as how much you loose. Start to exercise as soon as you can and to be safe just have the idea in your head that after you hit goal you MAY be one of those that have to have plastic surgery to get the real look you want. That way you are not disappointed. I need it but I lost a lot more weight and have no more snap back in my skin. Good luck 2 you.  (+ info)

How do I improve my cardio vascular fitness/endurance level? Any supplement can help?

I know that exercise can improve cardio vascular fitness level but is there any supplement / medication that can raise it?

any supplement/medication that raises your cardio rate is BAD BAD BAD.

it would stress your system unnaturally.

Stick to the sweat and huff method. Run,jog, etc.  (+ info)

Do vascular problems in your leg have an impact on migraene headaches?

I have severe Migraene hadaches for several days in the row. Now, I also have vascular problems in my left leg. Is there an research study of the these two symptoms which tricker the other?

This is the BEST Headache information.

Make the connection!

Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses. Many allergic reaction are indeed caused from foods HOWEVER...many more are caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC's in homes, schools and workplace.

This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
Think again !

We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier.

And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don't they make the connection?

Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then ... well... then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

BIG NO-NO's ---- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

No Bounce or dryer sheets - these are VERY toxic
No Febreeze - your pets will even thank you for this
No Glade Plug-ins - VERY toxic
No Scented candles
No Scented Dish Detergents
No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
No Smoke
No Newspapers and Magazines - The ink is a huge irritant.
No Dander
No Sprays
No Sharpies (marker pens)
New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is "Fragrance Free" these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating "Fragrance Free Zones"… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.  (+ info)

How expensive is the gastric bypass surgery (bariatric) if you don't have health insurance to pay for it?

I am 39 years old and very obese and have diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and high triglycerides. My doctor at the VA Hospital wants them to give me gastric bypass surgery but they no longer do it at the VA Hospital. Is there any VA Hospitals that perform gastric bypass surgeries (regular one) or how much money do you need to have it done on your own? Please help me. Thank You.

Completely depends on whether the patient has complications. I had it done 3 years ago...absolutely no complications..total cost was about $30,000

Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost & Profile

* Avg. Cost: $25000
* Candidate: BMI of 40 or higher
* Length: 2 hours
* Treatments: One
* Results: Permanent
* Back to work: 3-6 weeks

I paid about $1,500 out of pocket.

Not sure of any VA hospitals that offer the procedure.

Hope this lets you figure out an estimate on the cost.  (+ info)

How do you find out if your insurance will cover gastric bypass surgery?

I am not very proficient in understanding how insurance companies work. I am interested in having gastric bypass surgery. My weight has gotten out of control and I have an appointment with my physician next week. I'm sure she will be able to help, but I want to go in with as much knowledge as I can. Thanks for any answers that you can give me as far as insurance goes and anything about gastric bypass.

Generally speaking, insurance companies do not like to pay for bariatric surgeries, for many reasons:
1. It is much, much healthier if you lose weight the old fashioned way -- diet and exercise.
2. It is much, much cheaper for the insurance company if you lose weight the old fashioned way.
3. If you're not going to diet and exercise after the surgery, you may eventually gain weight back anyway.
4. The surgery often has lots of complications, which cause more health problems.
5. The complications also cost the insurance company more money.

So, yeah, you will have difficulty getting insurance to pay for the surgery, but if you persist, and if your doctor is willing to fight with the insurance company, you may get it paid for.

It is obvious from your well-written question that you are a very intelligent person. Please do a lot of research into this before you have major surgery.

From CBS News:
Gastric Bypass Surgery Gone Bad
Study: 1 In 50 People Die Within A Month Of Surgery

From WebMD:
Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Worth the Risk?
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/77/95549.htm  (+ info)

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