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The Skinny on the Long-Term Effects of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Diets, exercise, pills: you’ve tried them all and nothing has helped you to lose weight. After years of struggling, you’ve decided to talk to your doctor about getting gastric bypass surgery. After all, you’ve seen many people get amazing results and were able to keep the weight off. After consulting with your family and the specialist, it seems like the ideal choice for you.

Losing Weight Could Mean Losing Your Good Health

Unfortunately, many who go through with this serious procedure aren’t aware of the risks. Before you check in at Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s, or another Boise hospital to get the surgery, you should know what dangers you are potentially facing.

  • Narrowing of the opening between the small intestine and the stomach, which requires additional surgery to correct.
  • Blood clots in the legs
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Dumping syndrome, which occurs when stomach contents move too quickly through the small intestine, and causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. No known cures exist for this condition, except for avoiding the foods that trigger the symptoms.
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Gallstones
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hernias, which are caused from a weakness in the incision and typically require surgery to repair
  • Leaks in the gastrointestinal system, often along the staple lines in the stomach, which often need emergency surgery to repair
  • Stomach perforation
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Malnutrition or anemia from nutrients failing to absorb properly. Patients are often deficient in calcium, iron, and vitamins B and D and typically require life-long supplements to fix the problem
  • Ulcers

Are You Suffering From These Conditions?

Patients who go into the hospital for procedures shouldn’t come out feeling worse, especially from gastric bypass surgery. If this has happened to you, the legal professionals of the Morton Law Offices may be able to help. Contact us today to speak with a professional about your situation, and to find out what we can do for you.