How to Cure Vitamin Deficiency after Bariatric Surgery?

After undergoing bariatric surgery, you will be able to eat only a small amount of food at a time. This calorie restriction can help to lose weight. Remember that you need to make healthy food choices to stay healthy for the rest of the life. If your diet is not nutritiously balanced, you can easily get vitamin deficiencies.

Anemia is the most common deficiency that occurs after the lap band surgery. Anemia results when your body is lack of iron. According to the studies, 18% of the patients who have bariatric surgery have anemia before the procedure. For this, your surgeon may suggest iron supplements to keep the iron levels well balanced in your body. Also, you need to ensure that the diet you consume includes iron-rich foods such as liver, leafy greens, scallops and oysters. Every person should need at least 18mg of iron per day.

B-12 is another common vitamin deficiency in people who underwent bariatric surgery. Take a multi vitamin supplement that includes all the essential vitamins that you need for the whole day. A person should consume at least 400 iU of B-12, which is essential for nervous and brain system functioning. Vitamin B-12 rich foods include: liver, eggs, shellfish, poultry and lean meat.

For the first few weeks after undergoing the surgery, you may not be able to eat much solid food. During this time, you can take nutritional shakes that are rich in iron and B-12. Ask your surgeon about any recommendations. Getting sufficient iron and B-12 vitamins can help you stay healthier and energetic throughout the day.

29. September 2011 02:37 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Bariatric Surgery May Help with Your Heart Health

Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective weight loss procedures for severely obese people. These surgeries promote weight loss by altering the anatomy of digestive system, by limiting the amount of food that can be consumed and also digested.

Apart from losing great amounts of weight, people who have gone through any kind of bariatric surgery reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by almost 50%. Still the connection between obesity and cardiovascular disease is not fully understood; however obese people often show signs of structural changes to the heart, including excess heart muscle mass in the left ventricle and enlargement of the right ventricular cavity. Both the conditions are connected to heart failure and various other problems.

Also, people who have gone through the bariatric surgery noticed a significant improvement in diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, all these are risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

9. September 2011 21:49 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Weight Loss Surgery Success Depends On The Right Surgeon

The decision of having weight loss surgery is a big turn in everyone’s life. It might be a mixture of something that you choose to do or something that your doctor has recommended you to consider. Whatever might be the reason; there are various things that you need to consider prior making your final decision.

Most obese people are afraid of the stories that come from people who have undergone the surgery. So, it is very important to do proper research and find the right surgeon for your weight loss success. Before beginning your search for the right surgeon, you need to prepare a list of questions that will be asked.

When you consult your surgeon, initially you need to know whether you are a right person to undergo among the various weight loss procedures. After that you need to know why the surgeon recommends that particular procedure. Then know how many of this kind of procedures the doctor has previously performed and know the reviews from the patients.

Don’t go with general surgeons; you need to find a surgeon who is specialized in the particular field of weight loss surgery. This way, you can be sure that you will get the best based on the surgeon’s experience. If the surgeon is not willing to answer your questions or takes time to answer the questions, then you need to consider that he/she may not be the right choice. Look for more experienced surgeon in the field of weight loss surgeries.

4. September 2011 07:54 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Can Mild Obese People Undergo Bariatric Surgery?

According to new studies, weight loss surgery is suggestible for even mildly obese people. As without any surgery, obese people may not have any hope. Most individuals think that mild obese people shouldn’t go for bariatric surgery and instead they try to lose weight by dieting and working out.

Research suggests that there is only a fraction of mild obese people who lose weight with dieting and exercising. Also the study confirmed that bariatric surgery is cost-effective in spite of the extent of obesity.

Researchers have given below details based on the study

BMI Range

With diseases Diabetes and Hypertension

Cost per quality-adjusted life year gained

35-40

Yes

$2,413

35-40

No

$3.872

40-50

Yes

$1,853

40-50

No

$3,770

 

Researchers explained that bariatric surgery is cost-effective for obese people with BMI above 35 kg/m2 as incremental cost effective ratios are less than US $4,000 per quality-adjusted life year gained.

The study was conducted on women who have BMI 46 and the average age was 45. People who have undergone surgery, the life expectancy was about 38 years and people who don’t have any surgery, the life expectancy was 32 years.

28. August 2011 19:16 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Know the Most Common Contributors of Obesity

It is a common misconception that overweight people are lazy and spend their time in just eating. But, in most cases, obesity is related to various personal issues and compulsive overeating has become a part of the problem.

Several things such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, unemployment, marriage breakup, or bereavement, all can cause mental trauma and often people find solace in food.

Not any diet plans will help until the root cause of obesity is discovered, however it can take many years of therapy. Factors like broken heart or death of a dear loved one can never be recovered from. For all these factors, changing the eating habits can bring some improvement but only physically not on any emotional level. Also, changing the deep rooted habits rather than eating candy after a bad day can help prevent obesity.

Some people replace the food with alcohol or drugs, which also has several consequences. Obesity puts people at greater risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Obesity affects every part of your body. Just like anti-ageing and cosmetic surgery, the weight loss surgery is worth billions of dollars.

Instead of adopting a well balanced diet along with a regular exercise routine, there is no actual diet that has a miracle solution. Weight loss is a hard work, however if emotional element can be removed it will be great help.

16. August 2011 02:10 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Is It Worth To Consider Lap Band Surgery?

Lap band surgery, also called as adjustable gastric banding surgery (LAGB), is one of the most popular weight loss procedures nowadays. But several researches suggest that this weight loss surgery may not be successful without several pitfalls.

Making a decision to have lap band surgery is a big step, so make sure that you are prepared well for everything that lies ahead. All the decisions that need to be made are crucial and they should be given the utmost attention.

When you are decided to make such a big step, it is important to choose a qualified surgeon to fulfill all your needs. Spend some time to select the surgeon who is expert in performing the surgery. Good experience can make a huge difference in the success of your surgery. Doctor referrals are a good way to find a bariatric surgeon. Ask your primary care physician to make any recommendations of doctors who specialize in lap band surgery. Also search internet and visit the doctor’s website to find the information about their practice. Several surgeons host seminars for general public regarding weight loss procedures, where you can find more information.

After selecting the best bariatric surgeon, then cost is the thing that makes a big difference on your surgery. The costs can differ based on where the procedure is conducted and on the persons specific condition. It is very important to note all related costs and consider all the financial issues before the surgery takes place. While discussing the costs, you should ask about all the costs of the lap band surgery from start to finish. The totals cost includes: pre-op tests, physician charges, hospital charges, and associated surgery fees. Generally, the cost of the lap band surgery can range from $17,000 to $30,000.

After the surgery, you can expect gradual weight loss for up to two years. Weight loss after stomach banding is usually much slower than that following gastric bypass. The surgery is less invasive with less operative risk. There is less blood loss, shorter hospital stay and decreased complications rate.

7. August 2011 20:58 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

5 Most Successful Procedures For Weight Loss

As non surgical weight loss being impermanent for many people who lose weight, weight loss surgery is becoming more popular. Listed below are the five most promising weight loss procedures to reduce obesity.

Sleeve gastrectomy: Also called as gastric sleeve, is one of the most popularly used weight loss surgeries these days, in which stomach size is reduced to an extent that it appears like a small tube. Not only sleeve gastrectomy helps you eat less, but also reduces hunger by preventing the secretion of hunger hormone called ghrelin.

EndoBarrierTM Gastrointestinal Liner: It is a non surgical procedure that involves insertion of Teflon like liner at the inner side of the small intestines to function as a barrier between the food ingested and a part of the digestive tract responsible for digestion.

TOGA: An acronym for Trans-Oral Gastroplasty, is conducted through the patient’s mouth. It involves endoscoping stapling of the stomach to reduce its ingestion capacity and also the person feels fuller much faster.

POSE: POSE or Primary Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal is an endoscopic procedure to reduce the size of the stomach pouch of a patient that has undergone gastric bypass surgery. In gastric bypass patients, dilation of the stomach pouch leads to overeating. So, POSE helps to reduce the size of the dilated pouch to reduce the amount of food ingested.

Gastric Plication Surgery (GPS): Similar to vertical sleeve gastrectomy, but doesn’t involve reduction or stapling of the stomach. In GPS, stomach is folded on the top itself in order to reduce the amount of space, prompting the patient to reduce the size of meals they are eating.

3. August 2011 20:34 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Bariatric Surgery And Depression

The sole purpose of bariatric surgery is to lose weight. Weight loss can be usually achieved by reducing the size of the stomach by either removing a portion of the stomach with either biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch or sleeve gastrectomy or with an implanted device called gastric banding. Gastric bypass surgery is also a method that involves restriction and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.

Studies proved that these procedures can significantly reduce long-term weight loss. Due to this, patients have recovered from several diseases like diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Research has shown that most people who are overweight experience depression and also other mental health problems. Patients with these problems who want to consider bariatric surgery are needed to have a complete mental evaluation before the surgery. But, the history of depression may not prevent the surgery from taking place.

Bariatric patients who suffer from depression can experience health problems and quality of life improvements when compared to non-depressed patients. Use of antidepressants by patients who had depression decreased it by about 20 percent one year after the surgery and remain at that level after three years of follow-up.

Anxiety and depression are common among people with chronic conditions like type-2 diabetes and obesity and these conditions can sometimes interfere with treatment.

31. July 2011 21:07 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

How Will A Weight Loss Surgery Affect Your Pregnancy?

In recent years most people are undergoing weight loss surgery. Women undergoing the surgery are increasing, particularly during their childbearing ages. The most common weight loss surgery that women are considering is sleeve gastrectomy.

Sleeve gastrectomy is the weight loss procedure in which the surgeon staples the stomach across the top and leaves a small pouch that can hold only a small portion of the food. After that the surgeon cuts a part of the intestine and sews it onto the pouch. This surgery restricts your ability to absorb calories from the food.

Effects of weight loss surgery on your pregnancy:

Early reports suggest that weight loss surgeries can cause more complications during pregnancy such as bleeding in the stomach or intestines, anemia, incomplete growth of the baby in the uterus. But, according to the recent studies, weight loss surgery helps to protect obese women and their babies from several health complications during pregnancy. They include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Cesarean delivery
  • Overweight babies

Also reports said that weight loss surgery may boost a woman’s fertility. Women who have fertility problems due to obesity when undergo weight loss surgery can ovulate regularly for the initial time in years. Women who have PCOS may also observe great change in their fertility after undergoing the surgery.

Here are few things for women who are considering weight loss surgery and planning for pregnancy in future:

  • Women who have undergone bariatric surgery should weight 18 months before getting pregnant. After having the surgery a woman’s body goes through several stressful changes and major nutritional disturbances that can cause problems to a growing baby.
  • Weight loss surgery is not suggested for every woman who wants to become pregnant in near future. It is only for women who are extremely obese and have health problems due to overweight.
  • After the surgery, you need to monitor your nutrient intake closely.
  • You should know that your risk of complications drops but they don’t go away.
  • You are more likely to have a cesarean.

Before undergoing the surgery, talk to a bariatric surgeon and also a medical professional who deliver your baby.

22. July 2011 21:17 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery - Know More About It

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss procedure. It is restrictive in the sense that ‘restricts’ the amount of food the stomach can hold. In this procedure, stomach is reduced to 25% of the original size and a major portion of the stomach is removed. The open edges are attached leaving a small sleeve or tube, which is shaped like banana. Hence, the name sleeve gastrectomy.

The surgery is performed laproscopically involves stapling of the stomach upon removal of the left side of the stomach. Stapling of the stomach is done by harmonic stapling device. The surgery is performed by making a curve on the stomach. Surgery of the stomach is completed laproscopically and is irreversible.

Sleeve gastrectomy is performed on patients with BMI (Body mass index) more then 40, who are exceptionally considered as obese. Patients with high BMI rate are at increased risk of bariatric surgery. Hence, surgeon recommends the first part of sleeve gastrectomy to be performed in two stages. The first stage of surgery called as sleeve gastrectomy, helps to reduce weight for the first year earlier to second stage of surgery called as duodenal switch or gastric bypass surgery. For remaining weight loss, bypass is suggested. Complications related to weight loss are very less as the patient losses weight from sleeve gastrectomy. Therefore, the risks are very low associated with second surgery to do bypass. If patient losses weight by sleeve gastrectomy then the second stage of surgery is not required.

Sleeve gastrectomy advantages:

·         The surgery is done laparoscopically

·         The procedure performed is simpler compared to gastric bypass

·         The recovery time is very shorter

·         Pyloric part of stomach is left integral owing to dumping syndrome

·         The operative time is very less than bypass surgery

·         Foreign bodies are not used in this surgery

·         Less pain, fewer incisions

·         Condensed stomach volume enhances the sense of fullness

·         Functioning of stomach is normal only when a small quantity of food is allowed.

·         Hunger invigorating hormone is detached from the stomach portion

·         For morbidly obese sleeve gastrectomy is a safer procedure

Sleeve gastrectomy disadvantages:

·         Leakages and hemorrhages are seen sometimes, because of intra-abdominal pressure as a portion of stomach is removed and the edges are stapled. These kinds of leakages can be easily treated further.

·         Irreversible

·         Hernia is one of the possible complications. Therefore, surgery is required to treat the condition. Fifteen percent of the cases are seen.                                     

·         A hollow tube as passage linking the walls of the abdomen and stomach is called gastric fistula created by surgery. This is another possible complication.

·         Gastro esophageal reflux the irritation caused due to acids in the stomach, which leads to heartburn. It is uncomfortable as it is caused due to the changes in the shape of the stomach.

12. July 2011 22:18 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

About Bariatric Care Center

The Bariatric Care Center is dedicated to the holistic approach to morbid obesity. We believe that surgery is only a small fraction of the whole process of losing weight and a powerful tool when used appropriately. In order to achieve that, our team includes a specialized panel in Psychiatry, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.

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