Finally, it had all come together. It was like Christmas morning or having tickets on the fifty-yard line. It was like holding the winning lottery ticket. It was my like my birthday or my first kiss. It was the first day of Summer. Finally, I had lost ninety pounds. I had become my own best friend. When I was alone, the company was good. I liked the person in the morning mirror; more so, I enjoyed her. She was pretty, and she was fun. She had energy, and she was alive. She was confident, and she was ambitious. The weight had come off surprisingly fast from my gastric bypass surgery, almost melting away (or so it seemed). As memory allows, my weight loss all happened between six and nine months. And so it stayed. Ninety pounds. I was satisfied, but believed I could accomplish more. My bariatric diet was good, healthy and as prescribed. I also was taking my vitamins as recommended for gastric bypass patients. I knew that the desire for additional weight-loss from my surgery was not vanity...
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...
Off-pump coronary artery bypass; OPCAB; Beating heart surgery; Bypass surgery - heart; CABG; Coronary artery bypass graft; Coronary artery bypass surgery; Coronary bypass surgery
Risks for any surgery include:
Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs
Infection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and chest
Possible risks from having coronary bypass surgery include:
Heart attack or stroke
Chest wound infection, which is more likely to happen if you are obese, have diabetes, or have already had this surgery
Low-grade fever and chest pain, together called post-pericardiotomy syndrome, which can last up to 6 months
Memory loss, loss of mental clarity, or "fuzzy thinking"
Heart rhythm problems
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