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Gastric Bypass Surgery, Anyone?

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:59pm 1 Comment

With so many celebs coming out about their gastric surgery, I thought I would share a list of guidelines they must follow.

● Eat slowly for 20 minutes or more.

● Food should be well chewed and should be consumed in
small volumes. After surgery the stomach can only hold 1 - 2 ounces of food or fluid, but can expand up to 4 - 5 ounces.

● Liquids should be consumed 30 minutes before meals or at
least 30 minutes afterwards.

● Proteins should be consumed before fats and
carbohydrates, in an amount of at least 60 g
daily, which is above the daily requirement for women


● Anyone who has gastric banding may develop iron and vitamin B-12 deficiencies.
● Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures can cause nutrient deficiencies for iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamin B-12. Dumping syndrome is common with this surgery which includes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
● Biliopancreatic diversion procedures have a greater risk for nutrient deficiencies.
● Fat absorption and lactose intolerance can cause concerns.
● Dehydration and gallstones may develop.

● A vitamin/mineral supplement is generally recommended.

Dietary counseling is extremely important to the success of the surgery. Regular appointments, during the rapid weight loss phase (the first 6 to 12 months), are necessary.

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I know this is a very big choce for us. My surg date is sept 1 and we will be living on vitamine for ever. Many people do not know that b 12 injections are over the counter medications. so if you know a nurse you have 1 needle a month, multi vits and iorn and calcium forever. but I can not live the way i am living now and i am looking forward to my surg. i started opti fast shakes i am on day 3 its not easy but i am taking it one day at a time.
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