Gastric Bypass Surgery - What Are The Risks?

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by [email protected], Jan 22, 2006.

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    Gastric Bypass Surgery - What Are The Risks?
    by: Beverley Brooke

    Although all of the risks involved in gastric bypass surgery aren't
    fully known, there are many that are. These include possible infection,
    clotting of the blood, and the development of gallstones, a bleeding
    ulcer and even pneumonia. It certainly isn't a simple procedure and
    complications may occur as with all invasive medical procedures.

    Before the surgery is performed your doctor or physician will inform
    you of all the risks, but ensure that you ask all the questions to put
    your own mind at ease. He/She will also carry various examinations to
    ensure you're ok for the gastric bypass surgery.

    The main risks associated with the gastric bypass are as follows. As
    the food will be moving from your stomach to the intestines quickly you
    may get what's called dumping syndrome - symptoms of this include
    sweating, fainting and diarrhoea. You may also experience vomiting
    after drinking or eating as if you search the Internet you will find
    many stories of this which is called stomal stenosis, when there's a
    tightening of the opening between the stomach and the intestines.

    You can reduce the symptoms of dumping syndrome by sticking to the
    strict diet guidelines given to you by your surgeon. Osteoporosis and
    bone disease can also occur, but is very rare.

    As with all medical procedures there are many risks associated with it,
    and you should talk to your doctor about any concerns about the gastric
    bypass surgery. The information here isn't to replace professional

  2. Noway2

    Noway2 Guest

    A friend of mine had it done about 4 or 5 years ago. While it probably
    saved his life by getting him down from 500+ lbs there are time that it
    really looks like a miserable ride.

    He has had more surgeries and hospital visits, gall bladder, cosmetic
    surgery to remove a huge amount of hanging skin, foods can make him
    sick almost at random, risk of nerve damage from vitamin deficiences,
    constant blood tests, etc.

    On the upside, he is happier, healthier, and more active than he has
    been most of his adult life.

    I would have to say though, if ones condition is extreme getting the
    surgery could very well be the best thing to happen to you, but for me
    at least it would be a last resort.
  3. Jennifer

    Jennifer Guest

    [email protected] wrote:

    > Before the surgery is performed your doctor or physician will inform
    > you of all the risks,

    Except for the long term risks.

    We don't know those yet.