- 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:
- Gastric prolapse
- Severe scarring of the new stomach pouch
- Excess skin that may need to be removed in an additional surgery
- Hair loss
- Kidney stones
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.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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