Digestion and Absorption
Prior to surgery, alcohol moves through the stomach into the intestine in about 20 minutes. Gastric bypass patients experience a more rapid emptying of alcohol, especially since they must eat and drink separately. A study in 2002 showed blood alcohol levels were 50% higher and rose faster in gastric bypass patients (10 minutes compared with 30 minutes) than those who did not have the surgery. The effects of alcohol also linger longer, i.e., many hours after drinking. Bariatric surgery patients have received traffic citations after having as little as one or two drinks. Reports from bariatric surgery patients confirm this; they describe feeling intoxicated with much less alcohol than before surgery.
Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. This means it dulls parts of the brain, affecting concentration, coordination, and reflexes. It can result in drowsiness, sleep disturbance, blurred vision, and dehydration. This last fact explains the thirst, which is often experienced the morning following an evening of alcohol consumption. Dehydration is already a concern for bypass patients due to the limited stomach capacity, and need for continued replenishment of fluids.
Consumed large amounts of alcohol before surgery
Family history of alcoholism
DUI or other legal difficulty
Impairment in school or job performance
Poor social support
Poor coping skills
Excess alcohol use at an early age
April 28th, 9am - 1pm
Aspirus Wausau Hospital Medallion Rooms
Join us for a day of fun for everyone, including:
-Plus-sized used clothing sale
-Weight loss surgery information session
-Taking the Right Step Forward - presentation, how to get started with a walking program
We would love to tell you more about it. Call 715.847.0024 to learn more.
FUTURE SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Our support group is facilitated by a certified Bariatric Support Group Leader and Success Habits Instructor as well as a Registered and Certified Dietitian. Meetings are a free service provided by Aspirus Bariatrics. Join Us!!
Evening Support Group:
Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:00 pm, Aspirus Wausau Hospital Medallion room
Daytime Support Group:
First Thursday of every month, Noon-1:00pm, online via the internet. Call 715.847.2380 24 hours in advance to register.
APRIL 17th - Is Plastic Surgery Right For You? Dr. Butler will be our guest to speak about plastic surgery options after gastric bypass surgery.
MAY 15th - Recipe Night. Do you have a favorite recipe you want to share with the group? This is the night to share your tasty protein rich recipes.
JUNE 19th - The Dangers of Grazing. What is grazing? Why is it not a good idea after surgery? Ways to curb this bad habit.
JULY 17th - Tribute to the Losers! A popular topic from year to year when we ask everyone who has lost wieght through weight loss surgery. Bring in an old article of clothing to "show and tell" your weight loss story. If you need inspiration to stay on track, or if you have not had surgery yet, this is a topic you do not want to miss.
Chicken Breasts Dijon
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
2 T grated parmesan cheese
1/4 t thyme
1/4 t dried marjoram
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t garlic powder
1/8 t onion powder
2 T Dijon mustard
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Combine breadcrumbs and spices in a shallow dish; stir well; set aside. Brush mustard evenly over both sides of chicken. Dredge chicken in breadcrubm mixture. Place chicken on a rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until done. Makes 5 servings (approx 3 ounces of chicken).
22 grams protein
3 grams fat
Support group members work together and help each other on the journey which gastric bypass surgery takes us. We welcome your comments on this communiqué. To share a recipe or suggest a topic, talk to either Kristi or Margee.