Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Gain Weight Following Surgery?

Friday, 02 Apr 2010 09:24 AM

Question: I had bladder surgery and am recovering fine, but I am losing weight. How can I start gaining?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Bladder surgery does not usually cause weight loss. Weight loss after any surgery is not necessarily related to the surgery, but usually relates to reduced caloric intake. Have your doctor check you. He will likely provide you with some nutritional support, such as Ensure, until your weight improves.

It may not be a bad idea to have a CBC (blood count), urinalysis (check for urine infection), and a CMP (blood chemistry) if you don't improve with caloric supplementation.

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