What is it?

Bariatric surgeries are surgeries in which the digestive system’s structure is being changed in order to help people who suffer from obesity lose weight. These surgeries work either by reducing the reabsorption ability of the digestive tract or by minimizing the amount of food intake. Complications of bariatric surgeries include:
-Bowel obstruction
-Dumping syndrome leads to symptoms such as nausea, sweating, weakness, and dizziness after eating.
- Gallstones
- Hernias through the cuts that were made in the abdomen.
- Hypoglycemia
- Malnutrition- Vitamins and minerals deficiencies
- Ulcers of the pouch, the stomach or parts of the intestine.
- Vomiting
- Acid reflux

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- RNY Gastric Bypass complications
- Complications of Gastric Band Procedure
- Infection due to Gastric Band Procedure

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms depend on the specific complication but may include vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, chronic pain, bleeding, nausea, sweating, weakness, dizziness, heartburn, regurgitation, coughing, chest pain, problem swallowing, and jaundice.

Diagnosis

Complications of bariatric surgeries diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history, physical examination, imaging of the digestive tract (X-ray, CT, MRI, endoscopy), and blood tests. Sometimes, other tests are required.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the specific complication. Some complications require conservative treatment, others medications or supplements and some require surgical procedures.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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