Depression Following Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A lot of people on YouTube chronicle their gastric bypass surgery and seem to go through a lot of depression after the surgery. If you're already susceptible to depression and want to do WLS, can you stay on antidepressants?

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Depression and gastric bypass

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Depression is a common problem in patients with morbid obesity. Most patients are happier and feel much better about themselves but it is not uncommon to continue with your anti-depressant medications after surgery.

 

Shawn Garber, MD FACS

The New York Bariatric Group

Depression after Gastric Bypass

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A person's overall sense of well-being is much improved after gastric bypass secondary to weight loss therefore depression is actually uncommon after surgery. BUT if you are taking medications prior to surgery, a patient should continue to take these meds. There are multiple reason's for depression and a chemical inbalance may be one reason which a gastric bypass procedure may not change. Close consultation with a psychiatrist or the doctor prescribing these meds also helps to guide therapy.

Ricardo M. Bonnor, MD, FACS
Houston General Surgeon

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