Pregnancy and Stomach Stapling

Stomach Stapling, also known as Gastropplasty, is a surgical procedure that will limit the capacity of the stomach; this procedure should promote weight loss. The procedure is common both in men and women that are obese or morbidly obese and would like to lose large amounts of weight. For women, pregnancy must be taken into consideration when planning a Stomach Stapling surgery.

Pregnancy before Stomach Stapling

Pregnancy is possible before a Stomach Stapling surgery. However, obesity may contribute to infertility and some obese or morbidly obese women may have difficulties conceiving. On the other hand, pregnancy may be recommended before a Stomach Stapling procedure as pregnancy involves weight gain. After the baby is born, the Stomach Stapling procedure can be applied and the patient can lose the extra weight, including the baby fat.

Stomach Stapling during Pregnancy

The Stomach Stapling procedure is not recommended during pregnancy. Stomach Stapling is a surgery, which involves anesthesia, which can cause complications during pregnancy. This surgery can also interfere with the pregnancy and it poses risks to the developing fetus. In addition, the Stomach Stapling won’t allow the patient to eat a lot, and if the patient eats more, this can cause additional complications such as nausea or vomiting, not to mention the fact that the stomach may expand due to overeating and the surgery won’t have any effect on the patient.

Also, during pregnancy, the woman may need more food than usual. Even if the reduced capacity of the stomach won’t allow the ingestion of large amounts of food, the patient can consume foods that are high in calories and this may results in no weight loss or even weight gain. A pregnancy test should be performed prior to a Stomach Stapling surgery in all women patients.

Pregnancy after Stomach Stapling

The Stomach Stapling surgery is a procedure that will restrict the capacity of the stomach. The stapling is permanent. Pregnancy is possible after a Stomach Stapling procedure. However, the patient should wait at least until the surgery recovery process is over, so that the body is able to adapt to the new device. The Stomach Stapling will not affect the development of the fetus, as it is not located near the uterus. However, the patient has to get used to the new capacity of the stomach and get used to eating less.

Ideally, the patient should postpone a pregnancy until reaching a comfortable weight. Obesity may reduce fertility due to hormonal imbalance and irregular menstruations. If the patient reaches a normal weight, she is more likely to conceive and the baby may also be healthier.

A plastic surgeon must be consulted prior to getting a Stomach Stapling surgery. The surgeon will indicate the best time for each patient in part, considering pregnancy, if this is part of the patient’s plans.

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