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What is the best way to get adjusted to eating solid foods after having gastric bypass surgery?

I had gastric bypass surgery on Aug.4th of this year and still can not tolerate solid foods. Is there any way that I can get adjusted so that my nutrition can get back on track?

I had gastric bypass as well. They told me to try scrambled eggs, but they made me throw up. Try soft foods that have some substance, like Oatmeal or pudding. This will gradually stretch your stomach and make enough room for more solid foods.

Make sure you eat until you are very, very full whenever you can. Your stomach is unreasonably small right now and the only way to get it to it's "healthy" size is by stretching it.

I know how hard it can be to adjust, but I'm one year out and eating just fine. It does get better!  (+ info)

How do I get the process for having gastric bypass going?

I have tried diet after diet and countless hours of exercise and still I remain overweight. I was told today that I am morbidly obese (which I already knew) and that if I didn't do something about it that I would probably die at an early age. I have 4 kids who need me. I want to have gastric bypass, but have no idea how to get the whole process started. I know some people would say try harder, don't take the easy way out. My weight gain and the inability to lose it, is due inpart to current health problems and medication I am on.

Gastric bypass: Is this weight-loss surgery for you?
Are you a candidate for gastric bypass surgery? Find out what to expect and the benefits and risks involved.
It's always best to lose weight through a healthy diet and regular physical activity. But if you're among those who have tried and can't lose the excess weight that's causing your health problems, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery may be an option.
Gastric bypass, which changes the anatomy of your digestive system to limit the amount of food you can eat and digest, is the favored bariatric surgery in the United States. Most surgeons prefer this procedure because it's safer and has fewer complications than other available weight-loss surgeries. It can provide long-term, consistent weight loss if accompanied with ongoing behavior changes.
Gastric bypass isn't for everyone with obesity, however. It's a major procedure that poses significant risks and side effects and requires permanent changes in your lifestyle.
Who is gastric bypass surgery for?
Generally, gastric bypass surgery is reserved for people who are unable to achieve or maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise, are severely overweight, and who have health problems as a result. Gastric bypass may be considered if:
·Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity).
·Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Gastric bypass surgery doesn't replace the need for following a healthy diet and regular physical activity program. In fact, the success of the surgery depends in part on your commitment to following the guidelines given to you about diet and exercise. As you consider weight-loss surgery, make sure that you make every effort to exercise, change your eating habits and adjust any other lifestyle factors that have contributed to your excess weight
I had gastric bypass surgery in April 2005. I started out at 268, now I’m 180 and holding, after 1 year and 7 months. These links will help you in many ways to make a decision if this is for you or not. I vote yes, because it made such a difference in my life. I was taking 8 pills a day, and after my surgery, I lost my diabetes. The way they do the surgery, takes your diabetes away. I no longer have to take glucophage, and I no longer have high Cholesterol or high blood pressure. I’m down to 2 pills a day. I went from a size 26-28 to a 16-18.
Most people struggle with paying for the surgery. Go to this site, it is a great support system for you, because it’s only people who have had gastric bypass. Every insurance program has been rated, and you’ll get tips on how to deal with your insurance company, as well as, surgery tips, food tips, and just support. http://www.obesityhelp.com/
There is a very good web site by a guy named Basil White. He’s a govt. worker and a comedian. He walks you through everything. Very interesting. He had the surgery and did well.
Some other helpful links…

Good luck with your surgery and new life!  (+ info)

How long does insurance take to approve or deny gastric bypass?

I've been going through the process of getting gastric bypass for a while now. I did all the criteria that insurance asks for and I finally sent it in to my insurance for an answer. I've been waiting almost 11 weeks and keep calling week by week to get an answer and they still haven't approved or denied it. Is this normal? I just don't know what to do anymore. Thanks for your help!

That's really a long time to wait for an answer. It should be just a few weeks at most. I would continue to call them daily and ask to speak to someone in charge. Go up as far as they will let you go to find out what is going on. I swear some of these insurance companies just keep dragging things out hoping we will give up or die, which ever comes first. Don't give up and keep after them all the time. If they deny, find out why and appeal it.  (+ info)

What is a single non-bleeding localized erosion in the gastric antrum?

I had an edoscope a single non-bleeding localized erosion in the gastric antrum. There was no sign of recent bleeding. What does this mean?

They found one, small ulcer that was not bleeding.  (+ info)

What is the best way to detect a peptic or gastric ulcer?

What is the best way to detect a peptic or gastric ulcer anywhere in the digestive tract?
Is it:
1.CT scan?
2.Barium? (swallow or enema)
3.Endoscopy or colonoscopy?
If some one know please answer with illustration because this is important.
And thank you in advance :)

An endoscopy or gastroscopy is the best way.

A CT scan won't show up any ulcers.
A barium swallow will only show up any hernia's or reflux.
A colonoscopy will only show up problems in the bowel.

There are heaps of videos on YouTube that show a gastroscopy and ulcers in the gut.  (+ info)

Gastric Bypass Surgery ... How can a person who has had this surgery sustain life with so little food & water?

I've heard that after gastric bypass surgery, the patient can only tolerate ounces of food. Can someone who has not had the surgery live on the same small amount of food?

Immediately following surgery, you can only tolerate a couple ounces of food at a time but as you progress, you can eat more. You must drink water..lots of water. Around 60 oz a day! You also must take multi-vitamins daily. I had my surgery in Oct 2007. I can eat a cup of food at a sitting but I eat 6 small meals a day. 1000 calories a day. I walk 5 miles per day. I've lost 150 ponds and onyl need to lose another 15. I live every day to fullest because I can!!  (+ info)

How do you reduce stomach gastric pain and abdomen wind (gas)?

Is there any natural remedies/supplements/food practice that we could take to avoid stomach gastric and stomach wind from occuring? I'm trying to avoid taking medical (chemical-oriented) medicine as it might cause side-effect in the long run.

I have an old fashioned remedy that my father used to use and it really does work great. Take a three or four tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with water stir it all up and drink granted it tastes nasty but within ten minutes you will get the biggest belch of your life. One Huge burp and no passing gas, pain in the stomach gone. I used to take prescription drugs for this and now i just take out the good old Arm & Hammer baking soda for less than a buck and have a home remedy that works better than any drug you could buy. Go ahead and give it a shot it works for me.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Gastric Bypass and the Band?

I would like to loose 50 pounds. I was told they would do the Band on me, but not Gastric Bypass. Why one and not the other? Or would Lypo be better? Or a Tummy Tuck and Lypo? I don't mind going this route. I hate to diet!

Florida Hospital Bariatric Weight Loss Center has a nice comparison between the two procedures. Check out http://www.floridabariatric.com/procedures/lap-band-vs-gastric-bypass.asp  (+ info)

What are the chances of death and complications for me getting gastric bypass surgery?

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".

every procedure carries risk whether extensive or modest. Did you try your best at diet and exercise? Good luck!  (+ info)

How old is the oldest surviving gastric bypass patient?

I have always wondered what is the longest a person has lived after having gastric bypass surgery? I know several people who have had it done and are very happy.

oldest one i know is 85  (+ info)

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