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What are typical risks after weight loss surgery?

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  • Vomiting may result from eating too much too quickly -- and not chewing well.
  • Constipation is a common problem. Mineral oil and other liquid cathartics can help. High-fiber Metamucil and psyllium can cause obstructions and should be avoided.
  • Nutritional deficiencies, such as anemia, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone disease, may develop after weight loss surgery.
  • As with any surgery, wound infections can occur up to three weeks after surgery. These can be treated with antibiotics, and sometimes require further surgery.

Complications that may develop:

  • Hernia
  • Gallstones
  • Ulcerations
  • Gastric prolapse
  • Severe scarring of the new stomach pouch
  • Excess skin that may need to be removed in an additional surgery
  • Dehydration
  • Hair loss
  • Kidney stones
  • Hypoglycemia.

Rare but serious complications include:

  • Bleeding in the stool, or black stools.
  • Leaks in new connections made by weight loss surgery. These usually occur within five days of surgery.
  • Blood clots in the lungs, called pulmonary emboli, occur less than 1% of the time. They are the most common cause of death after weight loss surgery. Blood clots can be prevented with blood thinning medicines and frequent activity.
  • Blood clots in the legs, called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.
  • Pneumonia.

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