Life Changes Necessary after Gastric Bypass

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A recent journal review has verified that patients who have gastric bypass surgery will have trouble absorbing nutrients from their diets, due to the re-routing of the small intestine during the procedure. Bariatric surgeons have long-known that patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery will need to make life-long changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to lose weight and maintain it.

A recent journal review has verified that patients who have gastric bypass surgery will have trouble absorbing nutrients from their diets, due to the re-routing of the small intestine during the procedure. Bariatric surgeons have long-known that patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery will need to make life-long changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to lose weight and maintain it.

Surgeons advise that patients who plan to have gastric bypass surgery should begin modifying their diet and lifestyle before the procedure to reduce the risk of possible complications and increase weight-loss success. All patients should take a daily multivitamin, as well as a calcium supplement, to supplement lost nutrients that will result from the surgery.

Post surgery nutrition will require a life-long commitment. Patients are encouraged to consume three small meals a day that are adequate in protein but low in fat and simple sugar, as they will only be able to consume small amounts of food, making it essential that they enjoy high-quality meals. Foods that are high in fat and sugar can cause discomfort and compromise weight loss.

"Our primary goal is to ensure that our patients lead healthy, successful lives," said Eugene Rumsey, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com). "The necessary diet changes hopefully will become a way of life for patients, helping to ensure healthful and long-lasting weight loss."

After-care programs and support groups, such as those offered at Pacific Bariatric and Scripps Mercy Hospital, help guide patients into their new lifestyle. Gastric bypass surgery is designed to help people lose weight after previous weight-loss attempts have failed. However, safe and successful weight loss with the procedure requires a commitment to healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego's longest established and only Catholic hospital. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org

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