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3 Reasons Why Gastric Bypass Patients Should Wear a Medical Alert



gastric bypass alert id

If you have had gastric bypass surgery it is important to wear a medical alert bracelet to alert EMT's or first responders to your surgery.  In order to treat you quickly and effectively, your medical alert bracelet should be engraved with some specific vital information. 


1. After gastric bypass surgery you should limit your exposure to NSAIDs.  NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxin, among many others.  NSAIDs are commonly used to treat headaches, muscle soreness from strains or other injuries, arthritis, menstrual pain and mild fevers.  After gastric bypass surgery doctors advise you to stay away from NSAIDs due to the irritation it can cause to the pouch over prolonged usage. 

  • The most common engraved information that is needed to alert first responders of your sensitivity to NSAIDS is simply, NO NSAIDS 

2. After gastric bypass surgery you should not have a "blind" NG tube inserted.  In Roux-en-Y, your stomach is stapled to create a small pouch and a passage for food to go around (bypass) a section of your small intestine.  After a gastric bypass, you shouldn't have a blind NG tube. Your stomach is shaped differently after a gastric bypass, and the walls of your little pouch can easily be damaged by the NG tube if it's not inserted carefully.  A doctor should insert the tube using a scope, a tiny camera, that allows him or her to see where the tube is going.

    • The most common engraved information that is needed to alert first responders to this is simply,        NO BLIND NG TUBE or NO GASTRIC TUBE

3.  After gastric bypass surgery you should limit your intake of sugar.  You may have to avoid foods that contain simple sugars such as candy, juice, ice cream, condiments, and soft drinks. Simple sugars may cause a problem called dumping syndrome. This happens because food moves too quickly through the stomach and intestines.  It can cause shaking, sweating, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and often severe diarrhea.

    •  The most common engraved information that is needed to alert first responders to this is, NO SUGARS 

What should I engrave on my medical alert if I've had gastric bypass surgery? 

Your doctor or doctor's nurse will be able to help guide you in the best way they feel your medical ID tag should be engraved to reflect your own personal surgery, but here are a few examples of how your new medical ID tag may look.

Jane Doe
Gastric ByPass 2/11
No Blind NG Tube
No NSAIDS/No Sugars
ICE 555-123-4567


John Doe
Gastric Bypass
No Blind NG
No Sugars/No NSAIDS
Dr. 555-123-4567

Lauren's Hope has created a gastric bypass medical alert bracelet.  This bracelet includes our "skinny pants" charm and is a fun way to show off your new self!  Of course, our medical alert bracelets are interchangeable so if you would like to add the skinny pants charm to any of our other styles that is always a popular option. 

gastric bypass medical id alert bracelet 

Have you had gastric bypass surgery?  If you have a medical ID tag, please share your tips with others in the comments below.  

                    Medical Alert Jewelry Custom Engraved Tag


I always wear my bracelet. It makes me more comfortable knowing that if I'm in an accident the doctors will have my information. My gastric surgeon's name and phone number are on there too.
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:04 AM by Katherine
I bought a medical ID bracelet here when I had my surgery and I simply had "Gastric Bypass" engraved on mine along with the doctor's contact information.
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 10:20 AM by Trista
Trista, Thanks for sharing. I'm happy to hear that you are wearing a medical ID that informs first responders of your gastric bypass surgery. You'll learn more on Tuesday about how important it is to wear your ID when you hear from a customer of ours who had a very scary emergency. Jenna
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 11:37 AM by Jenna White
Katherine, Thanks so much for sharing! It doesn't take long to get in the habit of wearing your medical ID and it sure does make you feel safer knowing your vital info. will be easily seen in the event of an emergency. Jenna
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 11:39 AM by Jenna White
Do not forget that lap band patients should also wear a medical id as well. I had my band put in 5 1/2 years ago and have been wearing a medical alert since (all my bracelets come from Lauren's Hope!!). Just like bypass patients, no blind NG tube should be used on lap band patients too!!
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 11:51 AM by Carrie Ann Delaney
It might also help to note which GBS you have had...there are many. My bracelet says Roux-n-Y GBS patient, no gastric tube, no nsaids. Your surgeon is the best judge for your bracelet. I recently had to be intubated and my bracelet told the EMT/ER staff what not to do. Certain tubes can break our pouches. Wear your bracelet ALL the time, no exceptions. We had the surgery to save our lives...why not continue to do so with your bracelet? Good health to us all!
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 11:55 AM by Molly M.
Carrie Ann, Thanks so much for commenting. You are absolutely right, lap band surgery patients should also wear a medical ID and I will be discussing that in a future blog post. I'd love to learn more about you and your surgery. Please email jenna@laurenshope.com if you'd like to chat. Jenna
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:13 PM by Jenna White
Molly, Thanks so much for commenting! You know all to well how important it is to wear a medical ID bracelet. I can't wait to feature your story because I know that it will be an inspiration to many. Jenna
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:17 PM by Jenna White
I have gastric bypass surgery in August 2010 and just started wearing a medical ID bracelet about a month ago! It's nice to know that should an emergency ever arise, medics will know how to treat me! And my Lauren's Hope bracelet is so pretty ...I forget it's a medical bracelet! LOVE IT!
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 3:05 PM by Kristen W
I had GBS and I have that on my bracelet. Unfortunately, I also have other medical problems and can barely fit what I need on a Lauren's Hope bracelet. I'm at the max right now. If I need any more information, I am going to have to switch to another company, like the one that provides a phone number where EMTs can call and get the medical information that way. Here is what my tag says: 
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 3:10 PM by Sarah Nelson
something so simple, that we who havent been through it, would NEVER think of it? 
thanks for sharing your story.... 
I am inspired now to share some of my own, as I have a rare condition that can be interpreted, as being "drunk" when i am unable to speak for myself or having an epsiode. I actually know of others, who have had this happen to them (as I stay in contact with friends, and have a network of people who I share with, online who share the same rare/"orphan" disease that I do.  
my wheels are turning, and i am seriously thinking about sharing a guest blog for submission, on the topic of "rare/orphan" diseases, and why we need to wear one. I just have to figure out how to put my thoughts down, and then edit them, and edit again, as i have a tendency to be long winded at times :D 
thanks for your candor, that is what makes this site special!
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 3:12 PM by cara
When I was close to having my gastric bypass surgery I was looking for a medical ID bracelet when I found Laren's Hope. I chose the watch bracelet. I had engraved the following: 
Cyndi Garrett 
Gastric bypass 
No NG Tube on the underside is engraved 
No Sugars  
Dr name and phone# 
I am a nurse and have had many compliments on my stylish ID bracelet.  
Thank you Lauren's Hope!!!!!!!
Posted @ Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:53 PM by Cynthia Garrett
I had R&Y GBS surgery 2.5 years ago and bought a Lauren’s Hope Medical ID bracelet after hearing about another person who had the same surgery had an emergency and did not have a medical ID bracelet and had serious complications due to an NG tube perforating her pouch. It had never even dawned on me that I should wear one. Now I wear one at all times and actually forget it is a medical ID bracelet. I absolutely love it and get tons of compliments on it. After talking with my primary care doctor about what happened they now allow me to put the Lauren’s Hope Brochures out at their office. It is so important to make sure no one is inadvertently hurt in an emergency because those trying to help them don’t know about a medical condition. Thanks Jenna for making wearing a medical ID bracelet fun! 
My ID tag: 
Posted @ Monday, February 28, 2011 7:53 AM by Wendy K
Thank you so much for sharing your story! We hate hearing stories about people not being treated quickly and effectively due to the lack of medial indentification. 
It sounds like you are taking control by wearing your medical ID bracelet. That's great! 
Also, thanks so much for being a Lauren's Hope brochure ambassador.  
Posted @ Monday, February 28, 2011 8:23 AM by Jenna White
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