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Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight.

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Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight.

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October 14th, 2011 By Jeremy Korman

What to Expect after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is the first step in many patients’ life-long fitness odyssey. It is a powerful aid for very obese patients who want to improve their lives by improving their health, and it has been the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States for some time. The Lap-Band surgery has recently surpassed gastric bypass in volume.

Once initial consultations are finished, insurance has been approved, and any other necessary preparations are made, the operation is scheduled and performed. Immediately following the operation, while you are still in the hospital, you will be encouraged to move around as soon as it is practical. You will start gradually, by moving your limbs and walking short distances. You will also gradually reintroduce normal food into your diet; right after surgery, you will consume liquids only, so that the staple line in the stomach can heal.

Bariatric surgery afterlife

After a couple of days in the hospital, most patients are ready to go home. They are asked to begin an exercise regimen as soon as it is practical. Although exercise can seem intimidating in general, let alone right after surgery, patients can start with activities as simple as walking around the house. About a week or two after surgery, when the liquid diet is tolerated, the patient progresses to very soft foods, and this stage will last for about two weeks. During your transitional diet, adequate water intake of about 8 glasses per day is critical.

You should be back at work after about two weeks. You will keep up your physical activity, and you may have follow-up doctor visits. For eight weeks or so after the soft diet, you will be on soft solid foods; after that, you will transition to solid food of normal consistency.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

All of this planning and effort will produce some surprising results. At the start, weight loss is often quite rapid. As your weight decreases, eventually so should the symptoms of any disorders that obesity makes worse, like diabetes. Many patients report increased energy, better ability to perform daily tasks and physically exert themselves, and increased health.

You should expect to continue making progress with your new diet and exercise plan. Maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process, and the better lifestyle choices you make, the more effective gastric bypass is likely to be. The staff at L.A. Bariatrics includes a dietitian and a physical therapist who can help you settle on the best diet and exercise plans for your needs.

If you have any other questions about what to expect after surgery, or about any other topic related to weight loss surgery, please call (800) 491-1977. We would be happy to help.

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By Jeremy Korman