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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. 

Preventing bone loss after bariatric surgery

Preventing bone loss after bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery has become increasingly popular in the United States, especially with the continuous rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Depending on the type of bariatric surgery you receive, you may be at higher risk for bone loss after your procedure. However, bone loss can be prevented if you take the right steps to eat healthy foods and perform strength-training exercises on a regular basis post-surgery.

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Protein drinks may contain dangerous ingredients

Protein is an important nutrient for Lap-Band patients: it is essential for maintaining muscle mass, growing healthy hair and nails, and achieving optimum weight loss.

Many Lap-Banders get their daily protein intake from protein shakes, but patients should exercise caution when using protein powders. Most – if not all – contain MSG, which can cause migraines and a multitude of other health problems.

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Pushing past weight-loss plateaus

LAP-BAND patients sometimes find that their weight plateaus several months after surgery. These periods of stagnation can be extremely frustrating: you may be doing everything you can to follow your doctor's and nutritionist's advice, but the numbers on the scale still aren't budging. Getting past these rough spots may require switching up your routine and re-examining some of your habits.

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Salad suggestions for LAP-BAND patients

LAP-BAND patients can usually reintroduce salads into their diets at two to three months after surgery; your doctor may give you the green light to start eating salads even sooner. Salads are a great way to get vital nutrients, including your daily protein intake. However, some LAP-BAND patients find they are unable to tolerate lettuce and raw veggies, so you may need to experiment to determine what works for you.

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Shoulder pain after LAP-BAND surgery

Nerve pain in the shoulder is not an uncommon reaction after LAP-BAND surgery. Although the actual site of the surgery is nowhere near your shoulder, pain can sometimes travel up to this area via a nerve known as the phrenic nerve.

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