Gastric Bypass Risks and Side Effects
Like any surgical procedure, gastric bypass surgery has its own risks and side effects; however, being aware and understanding what they are beforehand allows the patient to be better prepared for the recovery period.
Some of the potential side effects and risks associated with gastric bypass include:
- Body aches
- "Dumping" syndrome (a shock-like state when small food particles rapidly "dump" into the digestive system)
- Dry skin
- Hair thinning and hair loss
- Mood changes
Sometimes, follow-up surgeries to correct complications, such as leaking caused by loose staples, may be required. It is also very important to follow the recommended diet and exercise post-gastric bypass to avoid enlarging the stomach. Hiccups, bloating, and vomiting could also result from overeating.
Patients must also be aware that iron or vitamin B12 deficiencies are also possible and can lead to anemia. Should calcium deficiency transpire, early osteoporosis might also develop. In addition, due to significant weight loss in a short amount of time, gallstones may occur.
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