People who undergo gastric bypass surgery are at risk for:
- Pouch stretching (stomach gets bigger overtime, stretching back to its original size).
- Band erosion (the band closing off part of the stomach disintegrates).
- Breakdown of staple lines (band and staples fall apart, reversing the procedure).
- Leakage of stomach contents into the abdomen (this is dangerous because the acid can eat away other organs).
- Nutritional deficiencies causing health problems.
Gastric bypass surgery also may cause "dumping syndrome," whereby stomach contents move too rapidly through the small intestine. Symptoms include nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and, occasionally, diarrhea after eating, as well as the inability to eat sweets without becoming extremely weak. Gallstones can occur in response to rapid weight loss. They can be dissolved with medication taken after the surgery.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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