Throughout the entire process of gastric bypass, problems may have to be solved. This includes all stages of the process, from making your initial decision, to surgery, to recovery, and even years after the surgery has taken place.To keep it a little more organized, we’ll divide these gastric bypass problems by stages…
Full gastric bypass insurance coverage may be hard to come by. Many insurance companies seem to have, unfortunately, bought into the idea that gastric bypass is a vanity operation, a form of cosmetic surgery. Anyone who has gone through the emotionally trying and life changing process of gastric bypass surgery knows better, but the myth persists.
When you’ve exhausted all of your options and your weight problem limits your physical ability and threatens your long term health, this is when you should start considering gastric bypass surgery. However, do not go seeking gastric bypass surgery until you have talked it over in great detail with your doctor, your loved ones, and most importantly, yourself. Gastric bypass surgery is a last resort, but it can also save a person’s life.
Make sure you know and trust your surgeon, and that they are experienced in gastric bypass surgery. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is the safest form of gastric bypass, but it is also considered the most difficult, and is generally only practiced by the most experienced surgeons. Make sure to take care of yourself and follow your doctor’s advice and your dietician’s advice to the last detail immediately upon completion of the operation.
A poorly executed operation or a neglectful recovering patient can lead to the following complications:
Antibiotics are usually administered right after a major operation in the abdominal area, as the intestines harbour bacteria which can infect the incision before it has a chance to heal properly.
An incision on the abdominal wall muscles can lead to an opening which results in the intestine bulging against the skin. This can be incredibly uncomfortable or painful. The risk is reduced immensely by laparoscopic methods, but the risk is still there.
After you have recovered at the hospital and are sent home, the battle is only half over. You will need to follow your doctor’s orders and stick to a healthy lifestyle, or some of the following complications may occur:
If you stick to an unhealthy diet and neglect proper exercise, you may see your pre-surgery weight return in spite of all your effort. Stick to your dieticians prescribed meals, keep your snacking within healthy limits, and take any supplemental vitamins and nutrients you may have been recommended.
This occurs when a patient consumes too much sugar after a gastric bypass operation. The name sounds funny, and unfortunately, it rings true, as dumping syndrome leads to diarrheal, not to mention intense discomfort and even anxiety attacks. Remember that your stomach can’t handle sugar as well as it used to.
Even decades after a successful gastric bypass operation and recovery, you can still encounter certain problems. Again, we stress the importance of sticking to proper diet as recommended by your doctor and dietician, taking supplemental nutrition, and exercising regularly. If you neglect your body after gastric bypass surgery, the following complications may occur:
Your stomach is likely to be more sensitive to milk, and you may prefer to drink far less of it than you used to. However, you need to get your daily recommended calcium, nonetheless. This is where supplemental nutrition comes in. If you neglect your calcium intake, your bones may become brittle and easily broken. This is doubly true for women.
Gastric bypass surgery usually addresses a problem of eating too much. However, it can also lead to a problem with not eating enough. Again, this can be helped with supplemental nutrients.