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Avoiding Kidney Stones After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

By Fernando Garcia on March 02, 2015

An older couple stretching in a parkDr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez are two of the leading bariatric surgeons based in Tijuana. They both believe in the effectiveness and safety of gastric sleeve sugery (sleeve gastrectomy), which promotes quick and safe weight loss. Yet gastric sleeve, like other weight loss procedures, it not without risk. We'd like to go over the potential for developing kidney stones after bariatric surgery right now.

Why does kidney stone risk increase after bariatric surgery?

When you undergo bariatric surgery, your digestive tract is fundamentally changed. In the process, patients will experience issues with absorbing calcium and oxalate through their system. The oxalate levels will be higher in a patient's urinary tract than usual, which ups the risk of developing kidney stones.

While the increased risk is of some concern, patients should keep in mind that there is plenty they can do to prevent kidney stones from forming.

Be Sure to Drink Water Throughout the Day

Staying hydrated throughout the day is crucial for total wellness and good overall health. Be sure to sip water between meals in order to keep hydrated and help prevent the formation of kidney stones. This can make a major difference.

Be Wary of Foods High in Oxalates

Certain foods and beverages have a higher oxalate content than others, which can make kidney stones more likely. Some problem items include dark leafy greens, nuts of various kinds, and black tea. It's okay to have these every now and then, but it's ideal to limit intake for the sake of your lasting wellness.

Reduce Your Consumption of Red Meat

Red meat every now and then is all right, but that doesn't mean you should rely on animal protein only. Plant-based proteins such as beans can provide you with the protein content you need throughout the day without increasing your risk of developing kidney stones.

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

Since sodium can increase kidney stone risk and also have a negative impact on your overall wellness, it's always a good idea to reduce the sodium in your diet. This generally means avoiding packaged and processed foods and eating foods that are fresh and well prepared. This is a convenient excuse to monitor labels and pay better attention to what you're putting into your body.

Consult Our Team for Dietary Advice

If you have any questions or concerns about your overall wellness with regard to your diet or your lifestyle after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, we will be more than happy to address these matters. By staying in touch with us as you move forward with your healthier new life, we can help you maintain a more ideal weight and stay as healthy as possible in the years ahead.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and what you can do to improve your chances of long-term success and good health, be sure to contact our team of weight loss surgeons today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent health and wellness down the road.

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