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Why do you need bypass surgery? If you are suffering chest pain or other symptoms that may indicate a cardiovascular problem, your doctor will likely want you to undergo an angiogram (cardiac catheterization) to see if your coronary arteries are blocked by plaque. A blockage can cause a decrease in the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, and over time can lead to debilitating chest pain or a heart attack. If angioplasty proves unsuccessful, the position of the blockage is too difficult to access by angioplasty, or you have severe blockages in multiple major vessels, your doctor may recommend that you undergo coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Bypass surgery has been performed for nearly 40 years. Cardiovascular surgeons have received extensive training on bypass techniques. More than 500,000 bypass procedures are performed each year in the United States, making it the most frequently performed major surgery in the country. What happens during bypass surgery...
The subject matter of Gastric Bypass Revision Surgery has been given much attention in previous posts, but I will touch again on why revisions are sought by many patients who have had Gastric Bypass Surgery.
Three General Reasons for Revision Weight Loss Surgery: 1. Complications present following bariatric surgery and revisions are needed as corrective measures 2. Anticipated weight loss was not achieved following bariatric surgery 3. Weight is regained following bariatric surgery Duodenal Switch Surgery Explained
A detailed explanation of the Duodenal Switch Procedure was given in a prior post titled " Is Duodenal Switch the Right Weight-Loss Surgery for You ." Basically, Duodenal Switch Surgery is a method that limits the amount of food that can be absorbed by the stomach as well as the number of calories absorbed and used by the body. Duodenal Switch also is referred to as vertical gastrectomy with duodenal switch, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, and gas...
Iron deficiency is a problem for fifty percent of those who have had gastric bypass surgery and is connected to anemia in one third of the cases. A 1998 study found that women were more than two times more likely than men to have an iron deficiency after weight loss surgery.
Women who are pregnant or having heavy menstruation are most susceptible.
Iron is a critical part of the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Lack of iron will lessen the production of hemoglobin and cause anemia.
Causes of Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Iron deficiency can occur after gastric bypass surgery because the duodenum is bypassed in the procedure. Iron is partially absorbed in the duodenum. Stomach acids draw iron from food and make it more easy to absorb. The small stomach pouch that has been created reduces the amount of acid that is produced which in turn decreases iron ab sorption.
Iron deficiency begins with the exhau...
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