• The Connection Between Weight Loss and Fertility

    People decide to lose weight for many reasons. Whether they want to look better, feel better, or be healthier, shedding a few pounds is usually never a bad idea. However, for couples trying to get pregnant, losing weight may help to increase fertility.

    Obesity can be a factor in a woman’s ovulation. When it comes to male fertility, obesity can result in less sperm production and worse sperm quality.1

    The good news? Both men and women who are overweight can boost their fertility rate by losing even a little bit of weight. If you’ve been trying to have a baby with your partner and have been struggling, the idea of finally getting pregnant could kickstart your motivation for losing that extra weight.

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    How Can Extra Weight Make it Hard to Get Pregnant?

    When it comes to women’s health, carrying extra weight can be a problem if you’re trying to get pregnant.

    Obesity has an impact on ovulation. Both ovaries and fat cells create hormones. When your fat cells continue to grow, they create even more hormones. That might not sound like a bad thing, but too much hormones in the body can prevent you from ovulating or even having a period each month. This is because your body is reacting to the estrogen the same way it would if you were taking a birth control pill with the same hormones.

    Extra weight also complicates fertility treatments. Many couples who are desperate to have a baby seek out treatments like IVF, but weight plays a factor in how effective those treatments can be.

    Extra Weight and Your Baby’s Health

    Though the main focus for this article is fertility, it’s also important to note that if you’re able to get pregnant, it’s still important to think about how your weight might affect your baby’s health.

    Obesity can cause a variety of health issues for both you and your baby during pregnancy. This includes things like:

    • Gestational diabetes
    • Gestational hypertension
    • Heart defects for the baby
    • Obesity or type-2 diabetes for the baby

    Women who are overweight during pregnancy are often more likely to have to undergo C-sections for delivery, as well.

    Can Losing Weight Help You Get Pregnant?

    Even losing a small amount of weight can help you get pregnant and have normal menstrual cycles, which can make it easier to “track” your ovulation periods.

    Any kind of weight loss should always be done safely. If you have a lot to lose, talking to a weight loss doctor can help. It’s important to understand your weight loss options, to determine if something like gastric sleeve surgery or other bariatric surgery options are right for you.

    For some women (and men), a gradual weight loss just by changing lifestyle habits and diet can do the trick. For others, Surgical options need to be taken to jumpstart your weight loss and start you on a journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

    If you and your partner have been longing for a baby, and you’re worried that your weight is an issue, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us at the Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic. We’re happy to provide more information.

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

    Source:

    1. https://www.yourfertility.org.au/everyone/weight

  • What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery

    Losing weight and getting in shape through diet and exercise alone, while possible, can be a difficult endeavor for some people. This can happen for a number of reasons, including high levels of stress, a slower metabolism, or chemical imbalances. Furthermore, the time it may take to lose weight naturally isn’t always ideal for people who are immediately at risk for heart disease and other medical conditions associated with obesity.

    If you find it challenging to lose weight, even after you’ve made positive changes to your diet and incorporating exercise, weight loss surgery may be the perfect solution for you, and, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can help you achieve your goals for health.

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    Types of Weight Loss Surgery

    There are several types of weight loss procedures, collectively known as bariatric surgery, which can facilitate weight loss for patients dealing with obesity. These weight loss surgeries contribute to weight loss in two main ways: restriction and malabsorption. Surgeries that physically limit the amount of food to your stomach are delivering restriction, while other surgeries which shorten or bypass part of the small intestine are delivering malabsorption.1

    The aim of both these types of surgeries is to significantly limit or reduce the number of calories your body absorbs, which leads to an accelerated weight loss.

    The common four types of bariatric surgery are as follows:

    ● Sleeve gastrectomy
    ● Gastric bypass.
    ● Gastric banding.
    ● Duodenal switch procedure

    Gastric Sleeve surgery is the most common bariatric surgery according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, it results in a significant long-term weight loss between 60% and 70%. The duodenal switch procedure boasts the highest percentage of weight loss between 60% and 70%, and it is the most effective bariatric surgery against diabetes, but has some of the highest rates of complications.

    Factors That Contribute to Weight Loss

    The average amount of weight loss you’ll achieve has many factors, including a healthy diet, regular exercise, and changing old habits. No matter which procedure you decide on, it is important to remember that these surgeries are not a quick fix for weight loss. Their purpose is to stimulate weight loss and make it easier for those willing to put in the hard work.

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    How Much Weight Loss to Expect :

    Depending on which procedure is used, average weight loss per week in the first year is about 2-4 lbs per week, with overall average weight loss of 50-90% of the original excess weight.

    This weight loss is fastest in the few first months and it slows down gradually as reaching the healthier weight, with the help of close follow up, and patients’ commitments,  high success rates are reported in many studies.

    Weight Loss Solution

    To get started on finding the right weight loss treatment plan, contact our team at (281) 888-7767.

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

    Sources:

    1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gastric-bypass-surgery/in-depth/weight-loss-surgery/art-20045334
    2. https://obesitynewstoday.com/average-weight-loss-bariatric-surgery/
    3. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/weight-loss-surgery-what-to-expect-the-first-year#1
    4. https://asmbs.org/resources/estimate-of-bariatric-surgery-numbers

  • Food After Bariatric Surgery: What You Can and Can’t Eat

    After weight loss surgery, it is important to follow your doctor’s dietary guidelines to support a fast recovery and lasting results. The gastric sleeve or bypass diet recommendations will explain what types of food to start with, how often to eat, and how much to consume at each meal.

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    Why Are Dietary Changes So Important After Bariatric Surgery?

    One of the most effective weight loss options, gastric sleeve or bypass surgery reduces the amount of food you may consume at one time. The gastric sleeve post-op diet is designed to:

    ● Prevent complications or side effects of surgery
    ● Allow your stomach to heal completely without being stretched
    ● Prevent discomfort, gas, nausea, and vomiting
    ● Provide small amounts of food that your stomach can comfortably digest
    ● Help you lose weight in a fast but safe manner
    ● Build new eating habits to support your weight loss goals

    What Foods Should You Eat Immediately After Surgery?

    Beginning immediately, and as part of your ongoing weight loss surgery diet plan, avoid drinking anything 30 minutes prior to, and for 30 minutes following a meal. This allows your stomach to be fully emptied and able to digest a small meal.

    For the first two weeks or so following your surgery, stick to  liquid only foods:

    ● Clear broth
    ● Skim milk, soy milk.
    ● Sugar-free Jell-O or popsicles
    ● Protein shakes.
    ● low fat, low sugar pudding.
    ● Water, or water flavored with crystal lite.

    Typically, your gastric sleeve or bypass surgery meal plan will require 3-6 small meals each day. These meals consist of 4-6 tablespoons of food, which should be eaten slowly over a period of about 30 minutes. Eating slowly prevents discomfort, nausea, and  “dumping syndrome,” where food passes into the small intestine too quickly.

    What’s Up Next on the Menu?

    When you are tolerating liquids well, usually after 14 days or so, you can add strained or mashed foods to your diet. They should be pureed to the consistency of a thick liquid or smooth paste, without any lumps.

    Some gastric sleeve diet recipes ingredients include:

    ● pureed Cooked vegetables
    ● pureed tuna salad, chicken salad, or Egg salad.
    ● Creamed soups, blended smooth
    ● Cottage cheese
    ● Scrambled eggs

    To achieve the right consistency, add a little bit of:

    ● Water
    ● Skim milk
    ● Broth

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    Foods to Avoid After Gastric Surgery

    It is important to add new foods one at a time, to make sure you can tolerate them well. Some foods that commonly cause nausea, vomiting,  diarrhea, or even major complications during gastric Surgery recovery include:1

    ● Breads
    ● Raw vegetables
    ● Fibrous cooked vegetables like celery, cabbage, or corn
    ● Carbonated drinks
    ● Caffeine and alcohol
    ● Red meat or meats with fat and gristle
    ● Spicy or heavily seasoned foods
    ● Fried food
    ● Nuts, seeds, and popcorn

    Gastric Bypass Recovery and Beyond

    Choosing a team you trust for guidance on your weight loss journey is a keystone to rapid recovery and a fast track to your fitness goals. By following your doctor’s dietary recommendations and stages of eating when forming a new relationship with food, you can reach your destination and move forward with confidence.

    At Houston Sleeve Surgery , we believe in empowering our clients with a full understanding of their weight loss options and the support they need to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Contact us today to find out more about the safe and effective treatments available to get you to where you want to be!

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

    Source:

    1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gastric-bypass-surgery/in-depth/gastric-bypass-diet/art-20048472

  • Does Your Insurance Cover Weight Loss Surgery?

    Choosing to have weight loss surgery, whether it’s gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, or another weight loss surgery option, can be stressful, even with all the helpful information out there. One of the biggest concerns you might have about surgical weight loss may not even be about the surgery itself, but another factor—insurance.

    Just as there are different types of weight loss surgery, there are different types of health and medical insurance. You may be wondering how to finance the surgery or if your insurance will cover a portion, or all, of the bill.

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    What Will Surgical Weight Loss Cost?

    Depending on your type of weight loss surgery, the total cost can vary significantly. so you’ll want to know for sure what you’ll be responsible for covering. Unfortunately, many insurance companies don’t want to cover even minimally invasive weight loss surgery, though they do cover the costs associated with obesity—medications, hospitalizations, and doctor visits.

    Before we get too mad at your insurance company, it’s important to note that, in many cases, whether you are covered or not has to do with your employer and the benefits they offer you. If your plan does have the coverage, your next hurdle may be qualifying for the surgery. Insurance companies will be looking for complete records and documentation—and you may have to send it several times before they accept it. Don’t give up, though! They will be counting on the hassle discouraging you.

    How Do I Find Out if I’m Covered for Surgical Weight Loss?

    ● Best option: Have your doctor or surgeon’s office contact your insurance company directly. They have the knowledge and experience to ask the right questions, as well as the correct medical codes the insurance company might ask for. They will also know what the approval process looks like and how to proceed.

    ● If you’d rather do it yourself: Call your insurance company. Be sure you have the medical codes for the different types of weight loss surgery you are talking with your surgeon about and try to research your plan beforehand.

    ● If your Job has an HR department, they should be able to help you access your benefits and contact the insurance company on your behalf, if you prefer.

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    How to Get Approved for Bariatric Surgery Coverage

    Getting approved to have your bariatric surgery covered can seem complicated, but it’s just a few steps. Don’t forget, though, that this can take some time—even up to a year.

    1. Prove to your insurance company that you need the surgery:

    a. Meet the BMI (Body Mass Index) weight requirements laid out by your insurance plan.
    b. Go through a medical diet program that your doctor or surgeon approves and will oversee (this will take several months, so be prepared for it).

    2. Meet with your team:

    a. Make an appointment with your bariatric surgeon.
    b. Make an appointment with your regular doctor and have them give you a medical clearance letter.
    c. Meet with a psychiatrist and have them give you a mental health clearance letter.
    d. Meet with a registered nutritionist for an evaluation.

    3. Send all the paperwork:

    a. Medical clearance and mental health clearance letters.
    b. Proof of BMI and medical diet program.
    c. Health history, past programs and diets, and anything else to show you’ve tried to lose weight before seeking weight loss surgery.

    4. Wait for the review process:

    a. If you’re approved, great! You can move forward with scheduling your bariatric surgery with your surgical team.
    b. If you’re denied, don’t fret! You can always appeal their decision. Be sure to get details as to why you were denied and talk to your HR department and doctor’s office to get what you need to re-submit.

    If you’re still in the early stages of researching the different types of weight loss surgery or have questions about your options, reach out to the experts at the Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic. Their compassionate and experienced staff can help determine what you need to move forward with your weight loss journey. Give them a call today at (281) 888-7767 or look through their website.

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

  • Worried About Regaining Weight?

    If you have had, or are considering, bariatric surgery, you might be concerned about not only the process of losing weight, but also how to avoid regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose. While there are many weight loss options, knowing that surgical weight loss isn’t going to be the end of your journey is a good first step to preventing gaining the weight back. Keeping weight off requires a lifetime of habit changes and commitment, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

    A Change of Habit

    One of the fastest ways people tend to regain the pounds they lost after weight loss surgery is going back to the same habits they had before. Whether this is grabbing a pint of ice cream to watch your favorite show, catching up at the local bar with friends on a Friday night, or even just skipping the gym every time you don’t feel like going, these habits can be hard to break—and they’ll break your progress if you’re not careful!

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    However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the little things in life. On the contrary, what this means is that you need to find suitable substitutes and form new, healthier habits. So, instead of chowing down on a pizza with friends to watch the game, find healthier snacks to munch on or add in jumping jacks and push ups during commercials.

    If friends want to go out on the town, spare a few calories (and lots of cash) by skipping the sugary cocktails and ordering an iced Tea and lemon or a diet non carbonated drink, avoid alcohol, Little changes like these help keep you and your weight loss on track.

    Have a Plan

    As with most things in life, having a plan and sticking to it is usually a sure-fire way to success, and it’s the same with weight loss. As with creating new habits, having a plan in case of an “emergency” will keep your weight loss surgery results in check.

    For instance, if you know your office will be having birthday cake in the break room later, plan to eat lunch right before the party so you aren’t tempted, have an office mate grab you a very small piece (or split it with them!), or bring your own sweet snack like sugar-free candies or fruit so that you aren’t overly tempted.

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    Another part of planning is creating a support group for when you’re challenged by a bit more than birthday cake. Having a list of friends, family, and coworkers that you can trust to be there for you is essential to not gaining weight after weight loss surgery. Call on them when you’re feeling overwhelmed, unsure, or unmotivated. It happens to the best of us, but it can be easy to go back to old habits for comfort, so having someone ready to help you refocus on your surgical weight loss goals will prevent gaining weight back after weight loss surgery.

    Let them know what your goals and triggers are, and ask them to support you in your choices. They can be there to help establish new habits and remind you what a great job you are doing. Don’t forget to include your surgeon and other doctors on this list! Weight loss surgery professionals are excellent resources for post-surgery questions and will know what to suggest if you start to gain the weight back.

    Call Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic for Help with Weight Loss

    If you’re interested in weight loss surgery or have questions about procedures and options, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at the Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic! Their compassionate staff can answer all your questions and tend to any concerns you may have. Call today at 281-888-7767!

    Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.