Lasting Improvement in Pain Management after Bariatric Surgery
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Improvement in Pain Management after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery, widely recognized for its role in weight loss, has shown lasting improvements in pain management and physical function among obese patients. This blog explores the enduring benefits of bariatric surgery, particularly in alleviating pain, enhancing physical function, and improving the overall quality of life of individuals suffering from severe obesity. Evidence of Improvement […]

With any surgical operation comes risks, such as a leak, bleeding, blood clots, and, in the case of post-bariatric patients, anastomotic strictures after weight loss surgery. An anastomotic stricture occurs in post-op bariatric patients when the connection between the stomach and esophagus narrows.  Symptoms of strictures after weight loss surgery include nausea, vomiting, trouble swallowing, […]

Hair loss after weight loss surgery is, unfortunately, quite common, occurring in nearly 80% of bariatric surgery patients. Losing hair is particularly common in the first few months when a patient loses weight rapidly. Hair loss after weight loss surgery is primarily due to the bodily stress associated with losing weight and nutritional deficiencies.  Most patients will […]

Acid reflux after weight loss surgery is a relatively common side effect, particularly after the sleeve gastrectomy. Acid reflux is characterized as the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. In many cases, patients will feel like they are choking or have a liquid coming up into their throat or mouth.  Although we often hear […]

In performing bariatric surgery, we will remove a portion of the stomach and, in the case of a gastric bypass or duodenal switch, attach the small intestines to the new stomach. Surgical staples are used to seal the connection of the surgery site.  I often get questions from patients about the risks associated with these […]

Many patients are concerned about how to care for their incisions after bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery, as you are probably aware, is all done laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgery is a surgical technique in which the surgeon will make several small incisions, about 0.5 inches long, and use long, narrow instruments to perform the surgery.  Typically we […]

Loose skin after weight loss surgery is inevitable, especially if you have lost a significant amount of weight. Despite all the benefits bariatric surgery has, including improved health, longer life expectancy, more mobility, fewer health complications, and extreme weight loss, there is the risk of having loose skin after weight loss surgery.  Loose skin can […]

Dumping syndrome is a condition in which food moves rapidly from the stomach into the small intestines. This is almost always caused by eating high-fat, high-sugar foods, particularly after the gastric bypass procedure. However, dumping syndrome can occur in anyone that has had stomach or esophageal surgery.  The Facts of Dumping Syndrome Roughly 20 to 50% of […]

An ulcer is a sore in the stomach lining that, if left untreated, can cause pain, bleeding, or even result in perforation (a hole). Ulcers after gastric bypass surgery are most common, although they may also occur after a gastric sleeve, a duodenal switch, or a gastric band. The incidence of ulcers after a gastric […]

Is your goal this year to be healthier in 2023? For some, the New Year is a chronological opportunity to push the reset button, to get themselves back on track, or to press a little harder for those goals that were unachievable in the prior year. As Daniel H. Pink wrote in his book When: […]

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is the back-flow of acidic or non-acidic stomach contents into the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is characterized by symptoms, with or without tissue damage, that result from repeated or prolonged exposure of the lining of the esophagus to acidic or non-acidic contents from the stomach. GERD is very common, affecting up […]

Medications after bariatric surgery will vary significantly depending on the type of bariatric procedure you had as well as how rapidly your health improves. Obesity is associated with many health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, cancers, and arthritis. Studies have found that around 80% of bariatric patients had comorbidities in the pre-operative state, and most of those individuals were/are […]

The topic of chronic headaches after bariatric surgery has come up pretty frequently, and we want to give you a frame of why people get headaches after bariatric surgery and some remedies you can use, and how we typically treat these. One of the critical things about headaches is whether or not you have them […]

Donating blood is a great way to help sick people who need a blood transfusion. If you donated blood before having bariatric surgery, you might be wondering if you can continue to donate blood after weight loss surgery.  What to Know if You Donate Blood after Weight Loss Surgery Nearly 70% of the body’s iron […]

An EGD after gastric bypass surgery is required in some cases when the patient is experiencing discomfort or unwanted side effects. Typically, 80% of our patients will have surgery and have no issues at all. Yet, about 20% of patients will have varying degrees of problems.  What is an EGD? Almost all bariatric surgeons will […]

Portion control after bariatric surgery is a word that is frequently heard in the weight loss industry. Like any doctor or nutritionist will tell you, you cannot successfully lose weight without limiting the amount of food you consume during each meal. Although the right portion size is different for every individual depending on your height, […]

Weight loss surgery is an invasive procedure that requires a recovery period. However, it may not be as extensive as you think. In this blog, we will discuss what to expect from the recovery process after weight loss surgery. The recommendations we make in this article apply to all of the weight loss surgery procedures and […]

Hormones play a significant role in how your body responds to stress on the body, causing many hormonal side effects of bariatric surgery. Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body. The hormones leptin, ghrelin, insulin, sex hormones, and growth hormones influence our appetite, metabolism, and body fat distribution and are impacted after […]

The internet is a web of knowledge about bariatric surgery topics, yet there are still some side effects of weight loss surgery that no one really talks about. After any form of extreme weight loss, whether through bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, your body will begin to react in various ways.  Bizarre Side Effects […]

Today we’re going to talk about drinking after weight loss surgery and some of the negative impacts alcohol can have on weight loss surgery and your post-op care. Alcoholism has its own set of issues and complications, and we won’t be going into that specifically. But we will be talking about how to handle drinking after […]

Like any major surgical procedure, there is a risk of blood clots after bariatric surgery that could lead to serious health concerns if not addressed early on. A blood clot is a clump of blood that forms in the arteries (which carry blood away from the heart) or the veins (which carry blood back to […]

Constipation after weight loss surgery is quite common among patients. Aside from discomfort, constipation can become worrisome, especially if you were previously used to having regular bowel movements. Constipation is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week, feeling the need to strain during bowel movements, or having hard stools. This can […]

In this blog, we will go into everything you need to know about how to get started and how to stick to a routine so you can experience the long-term benefits of exercise.

If you are having weight loss surgery, you may be interested in how you can enhance your recovery after weight loss surgery so you can get back to normal activities and ensure optimal safety and success. This blog will address some of the things we tell our patients – the dos and don’ts after weight […]

Many patients have bariatric surgery with the intent to lose weight and feel full faster. Due to the restrictive nature of the gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and duodenal switch resulting from the surgeon making the stomach smaller, most patients will achieve weight loss by limiting their caloric intake. There is also a decrease in the […]

Is this feeling really hunger? It may sound a bit odd, but many people genuinely cannot tell if they’re physically hungry or if what they’re experiencing is a misleading hunger signal. A what? Misleading… Hunger… Signal. Sometimes you think you’re hungry, and you may even experience physiological signs that feel like genuine physical hunger. Still, you ate an adequate meal […]

There are many benefits to bariatric surgery, including improved health and extreme weight loss, of course. However, with extreme weight loss does come excess skin, or loose skin that has lost its elasticity. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of excess skin removal surgery. Loose skin can make everyday life harder and more painful. The […]

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