Gastric Bypass & Bariatric Surgery

Frequently Asked Gastric Bypass Questions

At What Point is Gastric Bypass considered successful?
After the Gastric Bypass, are there any restrictions?
Is my Gastric Bypass covered by insurance?
Can I eat whatever I want after the Gastric Bypass?
What is "dumping syndrome?"
What will exercise be like after Gastric Bypass?
After Gastric Bypass surgery, when do I follow up with the doctor?
Can I reverse my Gastric Bypass?
Who should not have Gastric Bypass Surgery?
What will my hospital stay be like?
When can I resume normal behavior?




At What Point is Gastric Bypass considered successful?

Gastric Bypass is a success when half of extra weight is lost and the loss is persistent for up to five years. A patient who is one hundred pounds over their ideal weight ought to lose fifty pounds or more. That weight loss should be maintained for five years. It is interesting to note that Ninety-five percent of Gastric Bypass patients are considered successful after Gastric Bypass surgery. 85% of Gastric Bypass recipients continue to lose two-thirds or more of their extra mass.

 
After the Gastric Bypass, are there any restrictions?

After the operation, particularly while taking any pain medication, we advocate that you refrain from driving. Lifting may be limited, based on how well you are recuperating from the Gastric Bypass. During the first two weeks after the Gastric Bypass most people are not sufficiently comfortable to lift heavy objects.

 
Is my Gastric Bypass covered by insurance?

Gastric Bypass is covered by most insurance companies. In some instances, we've dealt directly with insurance companies to help them understand why the surgery is necessary and what it involves. Since Gastric Bypass can in point of fact turn around serious health problems, including death, it is medically essential. After considerable weight loss, patients often experience a fair amount of extra skin. Dr. Schneider can perform surgery to remove that skin, but this surgery is and is frequently not covered. Dr. Schneider can talk to you about your options.

Dr. Schneider accepts most health insurance plans. To see if your provider is accepted by Dr. Schneider check with your provider or click here to Contact Us.

 
Can I eat whatever I want after the Gastric Bypass?

Fats and sweets, when consumed above advised levels, can lead to abdominal cramping, sweating and lack of energy. Dr. Schneider will go over the diet changes you'll need to make to enjoy life after a Gastric Bypass.

 
What is "dumping syndrome?"

Gastric bypass surgery causes food to be moved from the small stomach pouch straight into the small intestine. Sweets and foods high in fat can irritate the small intestine and produces an unpleasant feeling. If you eat while drinking fluids, the same affect is produced. You should wait half an hour between drinking and eating.

 
What will exercise be like after Gastric Bypass?

It is best to begin walking as soon as you can after the Gastric Bypass operation. You should also get some exercise on a daily basis. Exercise will lead to a healthy body and you will lose more weight. Walking is a good exercise that significantly speeds up weight loss. It is recommended that you take a nice long walk every day after you have fully recovered from your Gastric Bypass.

 
After Gastric Bypass surgery, when do I follow up with the doctor?

During your recovery you will see Dr. Schneider on a regular basis. There will usually be a follow-up visit after two weeks, and again six weeks your Gastric Bypass operation. Follow-up visits occur every three months to help your weight stabilize and to make sure that you are comfortable with your new lifestyle. After your weight is stable, you'll have regular yearly follow-up visits.

 
Can I reverse my Gastric Bypass?

Gastric Bypass surgery can be reversed, but turnaround operations are usually more problematic than the original Gastric Bypass. The only patients that would be considered for reversal are those who experience noteworthy long term problems. It is significant to note that any person who has their Gastric Bypass reversed will probably recover any weight loss seen after the first surgery.

 
Who should not have Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Choosing to have a Gastric Bypass surgery is evidently a very serious choice. People who suffer from depression, bipolar disease, or schizophrenia should consult and be under the care of a psychiatrist before Gastric Bypass. Weight loss can exaggerate these conditions. To qualify for a Gastric Bypass, you'll need to be medically categorized as "morbidly obese". Click here to check your body mass index, which will tell you what category you fall into.

What will my hospital stay be like?

The hospital stay is usually three days unless a complication from the surgery develops.

When can I resume normal behavior?

You can begin regular activity within 4 to 6 weeks after your Gastric Bypass. You should be pain free after 10 days or so. Fatigue is common, and can last from 3 to 4 weeks after your Gastric Bypass.

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