Bariatric Surgery & Constipation

Most people experience no serious problems after weight loss surgery, however one common complaint after weight loss surgery is constipation.  Constipation is usually defined as the inability to pass feces or having difficulty passing feces, because it is dry or hardened.  Having hard stools or bowel movements that occur less than once a week is considered being constipated.  Some people believe they are constipated or irregular if they do not have a bowel movement every day. After weight loss surgery, bowel movements may or may not be as frequent as before surgery. SM 163In most cases, post bariatric surgery constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding the causes, prev[...]

Carbs and Understanding Them

Carbs (carbohydrates) are somewhat confusing, no? High protein diets seem to be the big trend regardless if you are doing weight watchers, Atkins, or Ideal Protein. To be successful with weight loss surgery long term, whether you've had lap band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery, you must adopt a high protein, low carbohydrate diet for lifetime. But why are carbohydrates bad? Bread - No Carbs Carbohydrates perform numerous roles in living organisms. Carbs store energy and stimulate the secretion of the hormone insulin. Insulin, among other things, works to store fat in our cells. High levels of insul[...]

Financing Your Weight Loss Surgery Procedure

American HealthCareLendingButtonOften, the biggest question when considering bariatric surgery is does my insurance cover weight loss surgery? Bariatric procedures are considered medically necessary and lifesaving, which will often be covered. Insurance companies are recognizing the importance of weight loss procedures like gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and lap band surgery. They are discovering the benefits such as lower medical costs, less physician visits, and overall better health so patients can enjoy a higher quality of life. If your insurance provider indicates that you[...]