Signs of Complications After Weight Loss Surgery
Although complications occur in only a very small percentage of those who undergo weight loss surgery, they are an important aspect of the process to understand. Let’s review some of the possible complications and how you can reduce your risk.
Individuals who have had surgery for obesity may experience Dumping Syndrome following consumption of a meal or beverage that’s high in sugar. Dumping Syndrome is characterized by a feeling of faintness, diarrhea, and cold sweats, and it is the result of sugar rapidly entering the small intestine.
This complication can be prevented by either decreasing sugar intake or eliminating it from the diet completely after weight loss surgery.
Infection at the surgery site is a complication that occur as many as three weeks following surgery for weight loss. The symptoms include pain, warmth, thick drainage, and redness, or a combination of these symptoms. Infections can be addressed with antibiotics. In some cases, further surgery may be required to remove the infection, although this is unlikely
A number of individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery develop gallstones. This is mainly due to the significant weight loss experienced after the procedure, and patient’ own risk factors.
The symptoms of gallstones include abdominal pain, vomiting, and nausea. all should alert you to contact your doctor immediately, there are medications that could be prescribed after the surgery that could significantly reduce the risk of gallstones formation, ask your doctor.
This condition is a very common complication of bariatric weight loss surgery because there is less food moving through the bowels, which means fewer bowel movements, and due to dehydration, when not enough water is consumed daily.
Excessive straining when trying to have a bowel movement can place unnecessary stress on healing incisions, which is why your surgeon will recommend a stool softener to make bowel movements easier.
In addition to taking a stool softener, you will also be advised to engage in light exercise, and drink more water. and add more fiber to your nutrition when permitted by your doctor.
Weight loss surgery alters the way your body processes food. Because of this, your body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 can be reduced.
When this occurs, red blood cells will be deficient in hemoglobin, a protein responsible for carrying oxygen in the cell. Therefore, anemia is one of the complications. The condition is usually completely manageable and preventable in most cases with taking appropriate supplements, ask your doctor.
These are only few of the potential complications, please ask your doctor for a more comprehensive list of potential complications. Many preventive measures are taken prior during and after surgeries to reduce significantly these risks, but it is important to understand that there are no medical procedures without potential risks.
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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, posts, or videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.