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What To Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery

What To Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery


What To Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery

by Bart Icles

Majority of patients who undergo a drastic measure for weight reduction, or what is generally termed a Gastric Bypass surgery, usually come out without much complications; but some are not so lucky. Those who do go ahead and undergo what is routinely called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure that entails the stapling of the stomach and redirecting it to the the first part of the small intestines, and after the successful procedure may be only confined at the hospital from two to four days for observation.

One common risk of a major surgery such as gastric bypass is the risk of infection, as well as problems with their digestive functions. Patients are advised to strictly observe their food intake and follow to the last detail what the medical team has prepared for them. This type of surgery will have a big effect on the body's ability to absorb needed important nutrients from the food since it involved redirecting the passage of food away from the small intestine which is responsible for absorbing food nutrients, patients may be subjected to various health complications such as mineral deficiencies. This is effectively addressed by a complete and thorough nutritional awareness through counseling by a nutritional expert.

Shortly after the surgical procedure, patients are required to stay at the hospital and will be constantly monitored by their doctor's for any signs of problems or complications like abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea or a feeling of dizziness, feelings of weakness, having cold reactions right after a meal, signs of infection, and etc.

The patients overall physical condition is greatly affected after a major surgery, and in this case, the area involving the digestive organs like the stomach and the intestines are quite sensitive to the change the procedure affected. Patients will have to gradually be eased into jump-starting their digestive system at the slowest pace possible so as not to overload it and cause additional problems to happen. Patients will first have to subsist on a liquid diet on the first few days and also be required to move around and sit up on the bed to help in the process of healing. Once the doctor has determined that the digestive system is ready to receive and process semi-solid to solid foods, the patient will be given what his nutritional adviser has prepared for him or her.

The new stomach size of the patient can now be compared to measure as little as an infants fist, making the patient experience fullness even with just a small spoonful of food or a little more. But within several days, it will eventually expand and adjust itself when the patient gradually increases their food intake in equal and divided portions throughout the day. Also, the stomach will not be able to function as normally as before, so in all probabilities will not be able to handle simultaneous intake of solids and liquids. Foods high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates are not allowed during this critical period since these will be rejected by the stomach and thus will make the patients ill or very uncomfortable.

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