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How does having had a gastric bypass effect pregnancy?

My co-worker just found out she was 3 months pregnant. She had a gastric bypass in september of 06. She wasn't suppose to get pregnant for atleast a year after the surgery. What should she be doing? How does a past gastric bypass effect pregnancy?
She was told that she could not have kids. She hasn't been taking birth control because she has been trying to have kids for all these years and she is now 40. So I guess she thought it didn't make any sense to take birth control since she was told that she can not have kids

It will affect the baby because since the bypass, the mother is not getting the same amounts of nutrients. She will have to be monitored very carefully by her physician to make sure the baby is growing properly. She may have to be on a special diet. It would be wise if she consulted with a dietician.  (+ info)

What are the chances of death and complications of gastric bypass?

What are the chances of death and complications for me getting gastric bypass surgery? I already know I'm getting it and I'm about to go through therapy. Here are some details that might be of help:
• I'm 15.
• I'm 330lbs.
• I'm 6'5".

Please give me an estimate on what my chances of death or major complications are! I really want to know!

The chances of death during gastric bypass surgery are very slim. The procedure is very safe. Every patient is different, so the chances or complications will differ. Much of it will have to do with what shape you are in prior to the surgery. Your doctor will take all of that into consideration and will tell you what complications can arise. At your age they may not even consider the surgery. Your body is going through a lot of changes.

See your doctor and have him/her refer you to a bariatric surgeon. The surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate and will probably put you on a weigh loss program first. The process from the time of your initial consultation and when the surgery takes place can be several months.

I had a gastric bypass three years ago and now head the local support group for weight loss patients. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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Can someone suggest suitable food or foodstuff to alleivate gastric pain?

Any other information regarding food to avoid or suggestions to minimise gastric pain will be welcome. Thanks.

Gastric pain can mean many things and be caused by many things. You could have an ulcer, acid reflux, constipation, food poisoning or many other things. My first suggestion would be to have a doctor tell you the source of the pain. My next suggestion would be to investigate the many benefits of ionized, alkaline water. This technology has been used in Japan and Korea for over 20 years. They actually use this technology in their hospitals. There is an unpleasant video on the website below that shows how the water helped people with colon problems. I know of people who have cut their acid reflux medicine by 80% by using the water. It is definitely worthwhile to study all of the many uses of both the ionized acid and alkaline water. It helps with many different issues so check it out and form your own opinion. Most importantly, if the pain is always there then you need to have a professional diagnose why! Blockages in the intestine can be life threatening if untreated. Hope all goes well and have a blessed day!  (+ info)

How much schooling do you need to become a Cardio Vascular Surgeon?

I'm thinking about either becoming a Physician Assistant or a Cardio Vascular surgeon, but I'm unsure on how much schooling you need to become a surgeon. I know you have to go to Pre Med School, then Medical school but is there anymore schooling after that?

You'll need a bachelors degree (college, 2-4 years). Then medical school (4 years), then residency. You'll have a 1 year internship in general surgery, then 4-5 more years in CT (cardiothoracic) surgery, depending on how specialized you want. The part after med school is residency, and you do get paid for it.

Physician's assistant is a lot less school, but CT surgeons make 5-7 times the amount of money.

Best of luck.  (+ info)

how to treat little gastric troubles in the home without seeing doctor?

i have some gastric troubles, because if I eat a little oily, or spicy food, my entire stomach gets completely upset. What home remedies can I take for this, without seeing the doctor, also should I avoid tea and coffee, until this problem gets over? And take only milk?

Greek style yogurt, or just yogurt. There are also other food products like drinkable yogurt and one amazing food item...like Kefir, which is a cousin to yogurt. Some gastric troubles are linked to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria/organisms and you can right the balance by eating some of these cultured foods. You may avoid caffeine drinks, if you can link drinking them and a resulting attack. I also recommend you see your doctor anyway, and get a complete check up on your intestinal troubles to ensure there isn't a larger problem at bay.  (+ info)

How many calories should i be eating 2 years after gastric bypass?

I had gastric bypass a little under 2 years ago and i am working out 3 times a week for an hour and half. THe first hour is weights and the half hour is doing cardio. I have plateaued in weight loss and need to know how many calories i should be eating so that i can loose more weight.

I'm 16 months out from my Gastric Bypass surgery. I eat no more than 900-1000 calories per day. I walk 5 miles a day(except Sunday) and do strength training 3 times a week. I've lost 150 pounds and only need to lose 25 more.

Trying exercising daily ad eating no more than 1200 calories. Check your portion sizes too. You shouldn't' be eating more than a cup or so at a sitting.  (+ info)

Has anyone had the gastric bypass done after having the lapband?

I have had the lapband surgery and wish to have it removed and have the gastric bypass done. Has anyone done this?

How long has it been since the lapband? Are you doing what is need to help, like diet and exercise. I have not had it my self but you should really weigh your options because your talking about major surgery.  (+ info)

Can a woman with a gastric bypass go through a pregnancy?

Gastric bypass restricts the nutritional intake and digestive functions, so my question concerns a woman in her thirties who may be planning future pregnancies.

Of course she can!!!

I am a Gastric Bypass patient. I;m 32. I've lost 140 pounds in 12 months. I had my surgery last year. I know many, many, many women who have had the surgery and then had beautiful healthy babies! The pregnancy is considered high risk but that just means that you have to go to the doctor a little more often and have a few more blood tests. No worries. My husband and I plan on having another child in the next couple years (we had our first child 5 years ago) and I don't expect any issues and my surgeon says that everything should be just fine when the time comes :0)
They do ask that you wait 12 months after the surgery to become pregnant to allow your body to fully eal. I know one woman who got pregnant 6 months out of surgery and one who become pregnant 4 months out of surgery. Both had healthy babies and were able to continue losing weight after the birth.

On a side note..I am so tired of people trying to talk gastric Bypass patients into getting the Lap band. The Lap band is not for everyone. I was offered my choice of surgeries and chose Gastric BYpass. I have never, ever regretted my decision. I've had ZERO complications. I've lost almost all the weight I needed to to in ONE year. The lap band can be removed. Once the band comes off, you can eat and eat and eat and eat. I never wanted to be like that. The bypass restricts what you eat and my nutritionist taught me how to eat properly for the rest of my life. I would never have goten the band. Gastric Bypass saved my life!  (+ info)

What if reflux,vomiting and gastric pain continue despite treatment? What might a gastroenterologist do?

I have been taking Omeprazole and have suffered gastric problems for over 9 weeks and continue to have a problem with reflux and am sometimes actually sick. What can I do? Have I any hope of it healing up as I,m beginning to wonder if it will. Do any doctors know if it will soon get better as I,m fed up of being sick and its ruining my life.

A gastroenterologist will perform EGD - esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
It is a diagnostic endoscopic procedure that visualizes the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract.

Vomiting that does not go away, signs of heartburn (esophagus & gastric pains), GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are some few indications for doctors to perform EGD.

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What's the best way to finance plastic surgery after gastric bypass?

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2004. My fore arm skin and stomach has not retracted like it should. I've contacted several surgeons in the Atlanta, GA area but unfortunately, they really prefer I pay out of pocket. I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield who will cover some of the expenses but the surgeons won't even submit the paperwork to the insurance company. Any suggestions?

I woundn't go and see a surgeon unless he/she would try submitting it to the insurance co. In some cases, insurance companies will cover a tummy tuck (for the reasons you are having the tummy tuck, it is called something else...I can't remember what it is called) if you have problems such as sores or irritations due to the excess skin.

Check out www.obesityhelp.com

They have some really good information; although, I am sure you have already checked out their site....  (+ info)

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