Health Notes

Bariatric Surgery and your Bowels

by Dr. Daniel Cronk on July 23, 2014

It’s time to talk about that one thing few people really want to discuss. The side effects bariatric surgery will have on your bowels.

First of all, yes, having bariatric surgery will change your bathroom habits. After all, we’re making changes to the way your body processes food. Some may find what happens on the back end (pun intended) to be a negative when compared to all the positives that come with weight loss.

Immediately after surgery, nearly all patients suffer from constipation. That’s mainly due to all of the narcotics and pain medications associated with surgery and recovery. I warn patients they may not have a movement for a week or more. I recommend they increase the amount of water they drink and minimize pain medication if possible, perhaps switching to Tylenol if some pain management is still necessary.

Once you get past the surgery and recovery, the long-term changes you will experience really depends on what type of bariatric surgery you have:

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7-16-14 Picnic Potato SaladAhh, summer… A time for enjoying the outdoors and finding ways to beat the heat. Picnics are a summertime staple, but the salads can weigh down more than just your picnic basket. Here’s a new twist on an old favorite, potato salad, that adds a healthy option to your outdoor lunch.

 

Picnic Potato Salad (Gluten-Free, Gout-Friendly)

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 pound red potatoes, washed and cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1/2 cup red onions, thin-sliced
  • 1/2 pound green beans, snapped in half
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Rosemary vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped

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