Common Health Issues Following Bariatric Surgery
Everyone who meets with a surgeon to discuss Bariatric surgery will be well-informed about the importance of following specific health guidelines. Doing so will allow the patient to reap the benefits of the surgery. Following all of the post surgical instruction following a Bariatric procedure will insure the greatest potential for the patient. Patients who have a regular Gastric Bypass surgery, or must be aware of the possible pitfalls of the surgery so that these issues can be avoided.
For people who have Gastric Bypass surgery one of the concerns that can arise is nutrition deficiencies. Keeping track of your intake of vitamins, protein, minerals, and fluids is extremely important to successfully losing the weight and maintaining it. Since the surgery allows the body to eliminate calories, vitamins, fat, and minerals from the food you eat, you will have to substitute it to avoid other health issues that can arise from efficiency. Supplements for iron, calcium, multivitamin as well as others must be taken.
Another health problem that can occur following a Gastric Bypass surgery is Malnutrition. Fortunately this issue is not very common. It occurs when the person has lost too much weight. The culprit is the placement between the stomach and the small bowel. Patients who suffer from this problem will be hungry but only able to eat small amounts and tend to vomit frequently. An outpatient procedure can fix the issue, but if the problem is left untreated the person will suffer severely.
With both Gastric Bypass and Banding surgeries, gaining weight or not losing any weight is another post-op issue. For people who had Gastric Bypass surgery, the culprit for gaining weight is often times overeating. Even though their stomach is smaller which gives the feeling of being full rather quickly, the person can take breaks between eating, but continue to eat throughout the day which is not lowering their calorie intake. For those who have failure with Gastric Banding surgery, it is usually because of their intake of calories from liquids such as sodas and juices as well as easily digestible snacks. The band works by limiting the portion size, but not the calories. Overeating can cause vomiting which may tamper with the surgery. This can cause the band to slip, which will need to be fixed through another procedure.
Luckily the problems that may occur with Bariatric surgeries can be avoided by following the program given to you. People who eat the recommended foods and change their lifestyles will not have to endure the problems associated with the surgery and are more likely to have successful and healthier results.