Weight-loss Surgery

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Weight-loss Surgery, Carnie Wilson liked her weight loss surgery results so much, she did it again. Wilson, who famously underwent a gastric bypass in 1999, confirmed she recently underwent lap band surgery. But is it safe to undergo two weight loss surgeries?

Dr. Larry Gellman, co-director of Bariatric Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I., said that some patients undergo a second surgery if the “pouch” that’s created during gastric bypass surgery stretches or there is a physical problem that’s impeding weight loss.

“The patient would have to meet certain criteria,” he said.

The surgery is a weight-loss tool, not a magic bullet, Gellman says. If a patient continues to eat high-calorie foods and not exercise, the weight will creep back on, he noted.

While some weight-loss surgery patients experience “dumping” physical side effects in response to overeating that include vomiting, nausea, sweating and discomfort – other patients do not.

Without the physical response, some patients can continue to eat unhealthily with the expectation of continued weight loss.

Some patients may expect too much from the surgery.

“Some patients gain some of the weight back but are thrilled that they don’t suffer from sleep apnea and Type 2 Diabetes,” he said. “Others feel like they failed if they don’t achieve what they feel is their ideal body type.”

Patients who didn’t stick to their diets the first time around will be disappointed a second time.

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