The potential for complications after gastric sleeve surgery can be dramatically reduced if you follow the preparation and recovery plans given to you by your surgeon. By choosing one of our competent and qualified bariatric surgeons, Mexico Bariatric Center will provide you with the best possible outcome in your weight loss surgery decision. Ultimately, this allows your fears to dissolve.
It’s no secret that when choosing Gastric Sleeve that the benefits of undergoing a gastric surgery should far outweigh the risks of not undergoing the surgery. Please contact our staff today to see if you’re a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.
Any surgery runs the risk of complications occurring both during and after a surgical procedure. By taking time to understand them fully, you give yourself the opportunity to decide if the risks of Gastric Sleeve seem worth the chance of having the surgery. If you have any questions regarding the complications of weight loss surgery, ask your doctor questions.
Possible complications from gastric sleeve surgery include:
- Hair Thinning;
- Dumping Syndrome;
- Stomach Leak;
- Stomach Stretching;
- Stomach Stricture;
- Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD);
Nausea is one of the most common side effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery. It is often caused by attempting to eat too much after surgery. Because of the reduction of the stomach, it will be very easy to reach your stomach capacity with a very small amount of food. This is especially true during the first few weeks immediately following your Gastric Sleeve surgery. When you overeat, you will feel nauseous. Please note that nausea can also be caused by not chewing your food enough or by drinking while eating.
It is important that you get into the habit of drinking between meals instead of during meals following your bariatric surgery. The key to avoiding nausea is to eat slowly, take smaller bites, chew your food completely and knowing that you need to stop eating immediately after you begin to feel full.
A leak in the stomach or intestine can be caused by improper closure of the suture area. This needs to be monitored closely after surgery and before a patient is discharged for recovery. Most leaks are diagnosed and treated immediately. Your surgeon will perform several leak tests in the hours and days that follow your surgery to ensure it is safe for you to return home.
Hair thinning or “shedding” after bariatric surgery is very common. It is typically caused by the hormonal changes that occur when you start losing weight so quickly. Most of the time, it rarely lasts longer than six months following bariatric surgery.
The good news is that you can count on your hair to start growing again unless you have a chronic illness or genetic reason for hair thinning. Relax and don’t worry! It is natural to lose 5-15% of your hair during the first six months following the procedure; it grows back. Follow the suggested dietary plan and keep up with proper vitamins and protein.
Blood clotting and pulmonary embolism are a rare but serious issue causing shortness of breath, elevated heart rate, heart attack and even death.
You are at a higher risk for blood clot problems if you are obese, smoke, use oral contraceptives, are over 40 years old, experience trauma, are pregnant, have congestive heart failure, varicose veins, have prior blood clot problems, are a cancer patient or have a disorder that causes clotting.
To minimize your risks of a blood clot or pulmonary embolism after gastric sleeve surgery, we recommend walking every day after the surgery and performing calf muscle exercises.
Dumping syndrome is a group of symptoms that develop most likely because of a surgery that was done in order to remove a part or all of a stomach. It can also occur if the stomach has been bypassed to help a patient losing weight. It is often referred to as rapid gastric emptying. Dumping syndrome often happens when the undigested content of the stomach move too fast through the bowel. Some dumping syndrome symptoms include: nausea, diarrhea and cramps.
Dumping syndrome can happen to bariatric surgery patients who eat too much when adjusting to their new stomach capacity. Most of the time the symptoms will happen from one to three hours after eating occurs. Some people may experience them at different times.
In order to prevent these symptoms from occurring, the diet must be adjusted accordingly. In serious cases of dumping syndromes, a patient may need medication or even surgery.
Other Complications and Risks
Some other possible complications or risks include: perforation of the stomach or intestines, internal bleeding, injury to the spleen, bowel obstruction, pneumonia (fluid in the chest), heart attack, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat, stroke, eating disorders, postoperative depression, urinary tract infection, allergic reaction to post-operative medications, gallbladder disease, ulcers, anemia, weight gain and weakness.
It’s important to talk to your doctor and to fully understand all the complications and risks before undergoing any surgery.
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