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Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks


If you are considering having the gastric bypass surgical procedure done, it is important that you understand the risks involved. At the time a decision is made to have the surgery, you will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you understand all the risks involved.

You are encouraged to ask any questions at the time of your consultation.

Some of the risks are as follows:

  • Bleeding

  • Infections

  • Follow-up surgeries to correct complications, or to remove excess skin
  • Gallstones due to significant weight loss in a short amount of time
  • Gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach)
  • Vomiting from eating more than the stomach pouch can hold
  • Iron or vitamin B12 deficiencies (if they occur) can lead to anaemia
  • Calcium deficiency (if it occurs) can contribute to the development of early osteoporosis or other bone disorders
  • dumping syndrome


Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloated feeling
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating

You can lessen these symptoms by following your dietitian's guidelines very carefully, especially during the first two months after surgery. People who suffer from morbid obesity can have other serious medical conditions which are related to or caused by being overweight.
The higher your BMI is, the more likely it is that other medical problems will exist.

Another risk factor is age, although this increases the need for surgery there is generally a higher risk. Any medical procedure that involves stress, trauma, drugs, and other causes, unpredictable negative results can and will occur. Gastric bypass surgery should be considered only after many attempts with other diet control and exercise have failed, although keep in mind that diet and exercise will be required before and after this surgery.

 
 
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