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March 02nd, 2012 By Jeremy Korman

Can You Have Children after a Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Many of our patients seek our services so that they will be healthier and better able to enjoy their family lives. It has been shown that if a parent sets a good health example, the children will be more likely to follow. However, what if you are considering weight loss surgery and you don’t yet have a family, but want to start one?

Sleeve gastrectomy does not stop you from having children

The answer, fortunately, is that gastric sleeve surgery does not prohibit pregnancy or make it more dangerous. In fact, it can dramatically improve the health of a woman who hopes to have children, making it more likely that her pregnancy will be uneventful and her baby healthy.

There are several reasons for this. For example, obesity may increase the likelihood of gestational diabetes in the mother. This can have potential consequences including premature birth, high birth weight, low blood sugar in the newborn, and delivery complications. If an obese woman loses weight before conceiving a child, she may be more likely to have a normal pregnancy. The chance of gestational diabetes causing serious complications are fairly low, but it pays to achieve a healthy birth weight in anticipation of pregnancy, giving mother and child every chance possible.

For women who have repeatedly tried to lose weight but have remained obese, gastric sleeve surgery might provide an answer. This operation involves the removal of part of the stomach; the portion that remains is about the shape and size of a banana. For reasons owing to the anatomy of obese people, this surgery is sometimes preferred over other options for very obese patients. Aside from the removal of stomach tissue, no modifications to the internal organs, so barring complications, nothing is done that would prevent pregnancy or make it hazardous.

Surgical complications do exist, and these may complicate future pregnancy plans. However, if you are a surgical candidate, the health risks of remaining obese are much more serious than those of gastric sleeve surgery, and can be just as damaging to the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Doctors recommend that women wait one year after surgery to have children, as the body needs time to recover, reestablish a healthy weight, and remain steady for some time before undergoing the dramatic changes of pregnancy.

Contact us today

At L.A. Bariatrics, we have treated many women who have gone on to have happy, healthy families. We would be happy to address any questions you have about pregnancy and the sleeve gastrectomy. Please call (800) 491-1977 to find out how we can help you!

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By Jeremy Korman