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Life after bariatric surgery can be exciting as you make changes to steer you towards a healthier life. It’s important to know what to expect after weight-loss surgery so that you can prepare for what lies ahead.  Learn how to deal with risks and complications following surgery, how to plan meals, and how to plan for pregnancy. 

Dealing with stomach pain after bariatric surgery

Dealing with stomach pain after bariatric surgery

Stomach pain commonly occurs in weight-loss surgery patients as a result of either eating too much, eating the wrong foods, or arising from associated complications such as gallstones. In most cases, experiencing stomach pain is normal, and occurs less frequently as your body becomes better adjusted to the changes following surgery. However, some cases of stomach pain could develop into more serious life-threatening conditions that should be evaluated by your bariatric surgeon as soon as possible.

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Digestion, WLS, and you

Food and digestion are key concerns for WLS patients. They can pave the road to a healthier lifestyle, or prevent one altogether. To better grasp this close relationship, it's important to understand how WLS affects digestion, as well as what foods are digestibly best.

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Discontinuing medications after weight-loss surgery

Weight-loss surgery patients are often able to stop taking some of their medications after they start losing weight. Following surgery, Lap-Band patients have experienced partial or total resolution of health problems that previously required medication, including:

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Emergency essentials for weight-loss surgery patients

Emergency essentials for weight-loss surgery patients

Weather disasters and other emergencies can happen anywhere at any time -- so it’s important for weight-loss surgery post-op patients to make the necessary preparations in the event of a catastrophe to avoid any adverse health complications that could occur as a result of failing to have the right supplies on hand.

The American Red Cross recommends that all individuals keep certain supplies on hand for emergencies, such as a first aid kit, water, food, flashlights, batteries, medications, cell phones, blankets, and maps -- but the list of essentials is much different for weight-loss patients who have just had bariatric surgery.

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Finding your ideal state of health

Many people who choose Lap-Band surgery have struggled with their weight most of their lives. You have most likely tried different diets and weight-loss efforts over the years with varying degrees of success. For many people, lasting physical change is elusive without the right mental outlook. As you adjust to your band and the lifestyle changes it requires, remember that you may have to also adjust your way of thinking about your weight and your health.

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