Stomach Surgery Risks

Stomach Surgery Risks

Undergoing stomach surgery brings many benefits but it also carries risks. Any surgical procedure comes with risk of possible side effects and complications, and stomach surgery is no different. Surgery to tackle obesity which is fast becoming the most common form of abdomen operation is particularly open to negative results.

Knowing and understanding the stomach surgery risks and facts before undergoing surgery can give you a clear picture of what the procedure entails and whether the non-surgical alternatives maybe better suited.  The first step to take is to visit your local GP and discuss your problems; the GP will be able to tell you if surgery is the best form of treatment or recommend other methods. If the GP does refer you for surgical treatment you will be given a consultation by a surgeon who will be able to give you the full details and outline the operating procedure.

The chance of suffering from side effects or complications will differ depending on the person undergoing the operation and the surgeon will be able to inform you of how the risks may affect you.

Side effects of stomach surgery

Side effects are common stomach surgery risks and will occur in different ways in almost all surgical procedures, side effects are only ever present over a temporary period and there are certain side effects that will affect everyone undergoing stomach surgery.

The first side effect is likely to be soreness, swelling and bruising on the skin around the wounds; this is likely to cause some pain over a few days but will not have any long term effect.

The next is the feeling of sickness after every meal, this is especially true will gastric band surgery as the stomach will not be used consuming less than before the operation, as eating habits improve over the days and weeks after surgery, the feeling of sickness will disappear.

You will be given a diet plan to follow closely that is designed to help food pass through the digestive system easily. By not following the diet plan and eating too much sugary food you may find that you suffer from an experience known as “dumping.” This is caused by food running too fast through the digestive system and causing blood pressure and sugar levels to fall.

Complications of stomach surgery

Complications are stomach surgery risks that will affect a patient either during or after the operation. There are many things that can cause complications and being morbidly obese will dramatically increase the risk of complication. People that suffer from other conditions as-well as a weight issue such as diabetes and high blood pressure are also classed as high risk patients.

Stomach surgery risks and complications that can occur can include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Leakage from the point at which the intestine has been reattached to the stomach
  • Infection from a wound

There can also be a downturn in general health due to the change in foods you are able to eat; this may restrict your vitamin and protein intake.