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Do I Need A Gastric Sleeve Medical ID Bracelet?

Last Updated: July 1, 2020

Should gastric bypass patients wear medical alert bracelets?

Medical alert bracelets are beneficial for people whose diagnoses or medical histories can create emergency situations and for people who have conditions or treatment restrictions that EMTs and first responders need to know about in an emergency. If you’ve had gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, you fall into both categories.

3 Reasons Gastric Bypass Patients Should Wear a Medical Alert

Blind NG Tubes:
Alert medical staff that you should not have a “blind” NG tube inserted. Weight loss surgeries alter your anatomy, which generally creates treatment restrictions in emergency situations. For instance, gastric bypass patients typically cannot have Blind NG Tubes placed but must instead be intubated using a lighted scope. This is why people engrave, “NO BLIND NG” on their gastric bypass and gastric sleeve medical alert jewelry.

Dumping Syndrome:
After gastric bypass surgery, excess sugar intake can create a risk of Dumping Syndrome. Because this can result in a medical emergency after your gastric bypass surgery, you’ll want to have it noted on your medical alert bracelet in the event that you can’t communicate clearly. Typically, people engrave: NO SUGARS

NSAIDS:
Your gastric bypass medical ID should identify issues with NSAIDs with a simple, “NO NSAIDS” engraving. After gastric bypass surgery, doctors may advise you to stay away from Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, which are common pain relievers, due to the irritation they can cause to the pouch over prolonged usage.

Infographic about why you need a medical alert after weight loss surgery

What kind of bariatric surgery medical alert should I wear?

Silver medical alert cuff bracelet with custom engraving for Gastric Bypass Cuffs: Regardless of whether you choose gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or any other form of bariatric surgery, you can shop our full collection of bracelets and necklaces and choose the ones that suit you best! That’s because our med alerts are custom sized and engraved just for you! Here are few options that are particularly useful when you're looking for bariatric medical alert jewelry.
Man wearing black medical ID dog tag necklace with gastric bypass engraving Necklaces & Dog Tags: For bariatric surgery, medical alert bracelets are not the only option. Our line of women’s necklaces and men’s dog tags provides the same protection as our wristwear, and most come on adjustable-length chains for a great fit every day.
Man wearing black adjustable magnetic medical alert for weight loss surgery Magnetic Adjustables: Adjustability helps you get more life out of your bracelets as your size changes. Easy to slip on over your hand or fully open and put on, these water-friendly styles are easy to adjust, simply by sliding the magnetic closure along the band for a secure fit that’s comfortable every day.
Woman wearing interchangeable rose gold medical ID for gastric sleeve Interchangeables: Our Mix and Match interchangeable styles are perfect bariatric surgery medical alert bracelets. These styles are composed of an ID tag and a bracelet strand with lobster clasps at either end. As you lose weight, you can keep your ID tag but add new bracelet strands as your size changes. We even offer resizing services!

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

A gastric bypass or gastric sleeve medical ID bracelet is typically engraved with the following information. For example:

  • FULL NAME
  • TYPE OF SURGERY
  • MONTH AND YEAR OF SURGERY
  • TREATMENT RESTRICTIONS
  • ANY OTHER CONDITIONS OR ALLERGIES
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER
Medical alert dog tag necklace for Gastric Bypass Gastric Sleeve medical alert tag Weight Loss Surgery medical alert tag with custom engraving

Many people with gastric sleeves also carry medical ID wallet cards in addition to wearing custom-engraved gastric sleeve medical ID bracelets or necklaces. These cards are a great way to list secondary information and additional contact numbers.

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