Risks Of Gastric Bypass Surgery
March 26, 2013 - If you have had or are planning to have some form of gastric bypass surgery you may want to bookmark us for furture use. We will be adding a lot of good articles in the future as we find them. With any type of operation it is always good to be knowledgeable about it so you can be better prepared to deal with and prevent any complications at post surgery. We feel we will have a lot of good information concerning risks of gastric bypass surgery as well as how to handle the changes you will have to make after the surgery.
Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
It is the year 2013 and gastric bypass surgery has become a common surgery in today's world. Thanks to all the latest gadgets and games new technology has brought us, there is a large amount of the population spending an enormous amount of time indoors with their computers, video games and their 1000 channel television sets. Of course most of these pastimes require a huge sum of snacks to do them properly. The health results of this type of lifestyle can be disastrous in the long run. Statistics are showing that with each passing year, the average person is getting heavier. With this comes many negative health problems, not just obesity, but many other diseases that can accompany it such as diabetes and heart trouble. Because of the sedimentary lifestyle many individuals are choosing, they find themselves candidates for risks of gastric bypass surgery.
Although gastric bypass surgery has become very common in this day and age, with over 150,000 performed every year, it still has many risks involved. Most of the risks encountered are not necessarily risks of gastric bypass surgery in general, but risks that go with any major surgery. I am going to go over some of these risks in hopes you may be armed with a little more knowledge about the procedure. It is always beneficial to obtain as much knowledge as possible about any upcoming surgery to help make any decisions that need to be made concerning it.
Three of the more serious occurances in a gastric bypass are a gastrointestinal leak, deep venous thromobosis, and dehiscence.
A gastrointestinal leak sometimes occurs at the location where the stomach and intestine were joined together. If for some reason the seal is not functioning properly, or the sutures are not properly healing, a leak can occur casing bowel contents to leak into the abdomen. This can cause serious infections and must be dealt with vigorously. It may require a second surgery.
Deep venous thromobsis is something that happens when a blood clot forms and breaks loose. If the clot travels to the heart, brain or lungs, it can cause a serious problem, or even death. This sometimes happens during the surgery, or at times after surgery. This is one reason why it is very important to follow your post operative instructions to the letter. By doing this you greatly lessen the risks of gastric bypass surgery that can occur.
Dehiscence is the opening of a surgical procedure before it has properly healed. This can happen for a number of reasons, including a post surgery trauma to the wound, inappropriate scar formation, or stitches coming lose because of poor knotting. The wound must be packed to prevent infection until it heals, which could be from days to weeks.
The risks of gastric bypass listed above happen in very rare instances, usually occurring in only around 1% of the patients, but they should be considered. Below I am going to list a few more important, but usually less serious risks that are sometimes associated with gastric bypass surgery.
Stomach Stenosis – Sometime the new bypass between the stomach and intestine narrows. The reasons are not exactly known, but it may include symptoms of solid food toleration and trouble swallowing.
Infections - Infection is always a risk in any major surgery, but most infections can be handled by antibiotics and post operative exercise.
Ulcers – Many bypass patients develop ulcers. They are usually caused by inflammatory drug use that accompanies gastric surgery. Your physician has an array of different medications at his disposal specifically for this problem. He will probably also reduce the amount of any NSIIDS you are taking.
Gallstones – as many as 24% - 30% of bypass patients develop gallstones. The diet that gastric bypass patients must adhere to does not have enough fat in it to cause the contractions needed to empty the bile. Usually this can be treated with medications, but at times the gallbladder must be removed. Since it no longer serves a function, many surgeons just remove it as part of the surgery to prevent future complications.
Depression – Is is completely normal for post operative patients of a major surgery to get depressed. Follow your diet and exercise plan for recovery, and as you body begins to heal, you will have a more positive attitude.
There are other risks of gastric bypass surgery that occur that are not listed. This list was just made to give you some basic information. As stated earlier, there are always risks involved in any major surgery, but by religiously followings the suggestions and instructions given to you by your medical caretakers when you left the hospital and following your bypass surgery diet, you can greatly reduce the chances of a complication occurring. This is not an easy task, but if you want the long term results you are hoping for, it must be done. Remember that 80% of all bypass patients reach within 10% of their weight goal, which could be from 50%-80% of their body weight. There is no reason you can't be one of these.
I hope this article on risks of gastric bypass surgery has been of some help. There are of course many other articles on our site for further research. However, in all cases you should listen closely to the advice of your attending physician. They have all the pertinent information about your case, and know what is best in your particular circumstances.