Obesity And Pregnancy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/19/06

Obesity And Pregnancy

Just as obesity has become an epidemic in this country, bariatric surgery has grown in popularity. The latest numbers show there were 140 thousand of those surgeries in 2004. While it can be an effective form of weight loss, many people don't realize there's a special risk for women of childbearing age.

The first problem after bariatric surgery, vitamins are extremely important since they don't absorb the nutrients needed for mom and baby, but that's not the only risk.

"Spaces open up in between or behind those segments of intestine you've cut, stapled and re-routed, which means that sometime you can get a twisting of the bowel, and this can happen literally years after surgery," said Dr. Elliot Goodman a Bariatric Surgeon.

That's what happened to a woman named Tracy after bariatric surgery when she got pregnant. Tracy survived with her intestines intact, but lost her pregnancy. Doctor Goodman says women should know that it's recommended after bariatric surgery that women take birth control to avoid pregnancy for two years after that surgery.

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