Gastric by-pass surgery involves a surgical operation which reduces the size of the stomach in order to restrict the intake of calories and excess food. This is performed in case of extreme obesity. The operation procedure results in certain side effects depending on the extensity of the operation. Here are the most common side effects associated with weight loss surgery.
- Allergic reactions
In most cases, those who have undergone gastric by-pass surgery may experience allergic reactions from minor reactions to severe reactions. If the reactions are too severe, they can lead up to death.
- Blood clots
Blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis (for the legs) and pulmonary embolism (for the lungs) is common and affects 1 in every 100 people.
- Hair loss
Most patients experience hair loss within a short period after operation. This is because of increased levels of vitamins which leads to hair loss.
- Complications of pregnancy
Due to mineral and vitamin deficiency, patients may experience pregnancy complications and in some cases, the gastric banding has to be loosened every time throughout the pregnancy period.
Indigestion occurs when there is incomplete digestion of food and causes a burning sensation and discomfort in the upper abdomen. This occurs in a short period after the surgery and can be reverted by having to change your diet which includes avoiding greasy foods and limiting the intake of certain drinks and alcohol. Other medicine should also be avoided such as aspirin.
- Intolerance to certain drinks and beverages
Following the reduction of the stomach pouch, the digestive system also changes considerably and this means that your diet will be affected too. Certain drinks and beverages will have to be limited as they can cause effect on the gastric by-pass and eventually result to ulcers. Alcohol should be limited, as some alcoholic drinks may contain a lot of calories which lead to overturn effects.
It is reported that over a third of bariatric surgery patients develop gallstones. These are small lumps of cholesterol that form in the gall bladder and eventually lead to inflammation of the gall bladder. They do not cause symptoms but can be very irritating and lead to intense pain in the abdomen, nausea and vomiting.
- Gastric band slippage
Gastric band slippage occurs when the stomach banding slips out of position leading to an enlarged stomach pouch. This often results in nausea, heartburn and vomiting.
- Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
With gastric by-pass surgery, swallowing can become quite a task especially when you eat too quickly, or try to swallow food that is not chewed enough.
- Food intolerance
Food intolerance is common after weight loss surgery. The body is unable to tolerate certain foods such as red meat or green salad resulting in other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
With all the side effects, complications and risks that come with gastric by-pass surgery, it is recommended to only use it as an option in case of severe obesity. Another option will be to use diet drops which are safer and will help you lose weight effectively. HCG drops are made from natural HCG hormone which is produced during early pregnancy stages. It is also naturally formulated to ensure natural weight loss process. There are no side effects with use of HCG drops and diet plan. They have been tested, reviewed and approved as a safe weight loss method that guarantees results within a short period of time, usually six weeks.