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Gastric Bypass Risks

November 5, 2007 by admin in Gastric with 0 Comments


There are people all over the world that are overweight and have health issues because of it. When you need to have gastric bypass surgery there are some risks involved that you need to know about.{mosgoogle right}Your doctor can tell you more about the risks that are involved but you need to do some of your own research to find out as much information as you can.

The more you know about bypass surgery the less frightening it will be. You don’t want to go into surgery not knowing anything about it because you will end up very apprehensive when the time comes for surgery.

Here are some of the risks of gastric bypass surgery.

  • One: As with any surgery there is a risk of bleeding, infection and a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
  • Two: Death is always a risk no matter what type of surgery it is. It has been reported that for every 200 to 300 surgeries there is one death. There have been higher gastric bypass surgery risks . The risks will vary depending on your age, general health and any other pre-existing medical conditions. You will need to talk to your doctor about the level of risk that is involved for you when you have surgery.
  • Three: Blood clots in the legs. When a person is overweight they have more of a risk for blood clots in the legs. In order to stop this from happening you will have to walk and use leg wraps that will apply intermittent pressure to your leg. It has been shown that smoking will increase your risk of clotting when you have to undergo surgery. It is strongly recommended that you quit smoking before you have the surgery.
  • Four: Leaking in one or more of the staple lines in your stomach. This is a severe postoperative problem tGastric Bypass Riskshat will have to be treated with antibiotics. In most instances it will heal with time. It can be serious though and you may need to have emergency surgery.
  • Five: Incision hernia. This is basically a weakness in the incision. This usually happens when you have an open procedure and a large abdominal incision. In most cases, this will require surgery to repair it but it will depend on the symptoms and extent of the hernia.
  • Six: Narrowing of the opening that is between the stomach and the small intestine. This doesn’t happen very much but when it does it will require either an outpatient procedure, where a tube will be passed through your mouth to dilate the narrowed opening or you will have to have corrective surgery.
  • Seven: Dumping syndrome. This is where the stomach contents will move to fast through the small intestine which will cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and sweating. You usually experience this after you eat sweets or high fat foods.
  • Eight: Vitamin and mineral deficiency such as, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B-12 deficiency and vitamin D deficiency.
  • Nine: Dehydration. You need to make sure that you always drink plenty of water.
  • Ten: Gallstones.
  • Eleven: Bleeding stomach ulcer.
  • Twelve: Some foods you won’t be able to tolerate.
  • Thirteen: Kidney stones.
  • Fourteen: Low blood sugar also known as hypoglycemia that is related to excessive insulin production.

You will have to talk to your doctor to find out what they believe your risks are. Everyone will react differently to the surgery. Even though there are risks involved you will still need to have the surgery if you have problems losing weight. Weight loss is important to your health and this surgery will help you be able to achieve the loss of weight that you want to. Gastric bypass surgery doesn’t need to be an unknown that you have to face. All you need to do is educate yourself on it.


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