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What Do I Need To Know Before Having a Gastric Bypass Surgery?
What Do I Need To Know Before Having a Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass is not your free pass to your new lease in life. It is important that you will be realistic about what will happen with your life after the surgery. You need to understand that you have to finally cut your ties with emotional eating or binge eating and appreciate that your weight loss journey takes time.

To help you picture out what happens after a gastric bypass surgery in black-and-white terms, we have gathered the following things you would most likely experience.

  • Tolerable pain.

The pain will not be as bad as you think it will be. It may seem ghastly to have part of your stomach detached by a surgeon, but medical technology has come a long way and if you choose a certified laparoscopic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery, you will be in safe hands. There will be less scarring, shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications.

  • A tube will hang out from your stomach for a week.

Right after your weight loss surgery, there will be a bag hanging outside your body which is connected by a tube attached from your stomach. According to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, this will help drain any excess fluids from your abdomen. It may be difficult and disgusting to clean it every day, but you will only have to bear with it for a week, so no worries!

  • You need to sleep in a sitting position.

You cannot sleep on your stomach for two to three weeks after the surgery to avoid complications. Like any major surgeries, you need to sleep in a semi-sitting position. Some patients complain about post-surgery insomnia due to the uncomfortable sleeping position. Fortunately, with your medications and extreme exhaustion after surgery, you will not have much difficulty dozing off.

  • Lots of hair will fall out.

Around 30 percent of your hair will fall out after the operation. It is a common phenomenon right after any surgery, especially weight loss surgery because your body is absorbing fewer nutrients.

You can combat hair loss by taking biotin supplements and using Nioxin shampoo. Fortunately, this will not last long after a few months your hair will grow back to normal.

  • You will get sick if you eat sugar.

Dumping syndrome is one of the most unpleasant side effects of a gastric bypass surgery. Since you have a smaller stomach pouch you will have difficulties in digesting food, like sugar and artificial sweetener. You will feel abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and weakness.

One patient said that it will not be hard to avoid sugar since the consequences are swift and painful. Doctors also found out that patient’s palatability shifts because of hormonal changes. You may lose your desire to eat beef or any red meat.

  • Losing weight is a hard work.

Some people think that with the help of gastric bypass they can eat whatever they wanted. Unfortunately, there is nothing easy about gastric bypass surgery. Most patients who are advised to take the surgery tried multiple ways to lose weight for several years and if they are considered morbidly obese they only have a slight chance of 2% to lose weight through diet.

If you are ready to make that life-changing decision, you may contact Dr.Arif Ahmad to schedule a FREE consultation with him.