Is it Safe to Get Pregnant After Bariatric Surgery?

After bariatric surgery, whether gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, many patients look forward to being able to have a healthy, full-term pregnancy. When asked by a patient if it is safe to get pregnant after bariatric surgery, my immediate response is a resounding, “YES!” and then quickly followed by the recommendation to wait at least one year before trying to conceive. The waiting period is important because bariatric surgery patients lose weight quickly during the first year, and it may be difficult to support the nutrition of both mom and baby during this period of rapid weight loss.  Generally, weight
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Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight?

When most patients come through our doors, they’ve tried countless diet and exercise programs but still have not been able to lose weight or keep it off.  They often feel frustrated and depressed, and rightfully so. When I meet with a patient for the first time I let them know that I believe in them. I know they’ve tried to lose weight.  I understand that what they’re suffering from is a disease.  And it’s NOT their fault. I can often see patients breathe a sigh of relief that we understand it’s not as simple as “eat less and move more.”
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Treating Type 2 Diabetes With Bariatric Surgery

Type 2 diabetes is a long term metabolic disorder in which afflicted patients have elevated sugar (or glucose) in their blood.  It is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for approximately 95% of all cases according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Type 2 diabetes occurs because of a condition called Insulin resistance.  Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas in response to a meal containing sugar or carbohydrates.  Insulin’s job is to lower the amount of sugar circulating in the blood by making it enter the cells.  When people are Insulin resistant, their bodies
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Managing Excess Skin After Weight Loss Surgery

                                           Part of NJBC’s Bariatric FAQ Series   Having loose or “hanging” skin after weight loss surgery, whether Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass, is a very common concern among our patients, and rightfully so.  It can be upsetting to find that after losing a significant amount of weight, patients still might be unhappy with their appearance because of unwanted loose skin in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms.     A common misconception is that loose skin only
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Help! My Hair Is Falling Out! What You Need To Know About Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

You’ve had weight loss surgery. You’re losing weight at a good steady pace and feeling great about yourself! Then one morning, you notice more hair than normal in the drain after your shower. What’s going on, you wonder. And more important, how can I stop it? Then the horrifying thought enters your mind: What if it’s permanent?! Many weight loss surgery patients are surprised to learn that hair loss is a common side effect of bariatric surgery and it doesn’t matter if you’ve had Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Band (also known as LAP-BAND). The truth is many patients
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