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Bariatric Surgery - Can There Be Complications?

Dr. B N Shukla 87% (31 ratings)
Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery, M.S.
Bariatrician, Lucknow  •  9 years experience
Bariatric Surgery - Can There Be Complications?

Bariatric surgery is a procedure that involves modifications to the digestive system so that the food intake can be restricted or the nutrients absorbed by the body is reduced. This surgery is recommended when exercise and diet may not cause the desired results with weight loss. Bariatric surgery is a group of surgeries that are the procedure to reduce weight in the body. The various types of surgeries that come under this category are - 

  1. Gastric bypass - The most common bariatric surgery, gastric bypass is a procedure used to reduce the size of the stomach pouch in the body. Once the size is reduced, it leads to reduced consumption of calories. This procedure also causes alterations in the behavior of the gut hormones resulting in appetite reduction. 
  2. Mini Gastric bypass - A newly, effective and shorter duration procedure like Gastric Bypass and also give similar result like Gastric Bypass. 
  3. Adjustable Gastric band - This procedure involves placing an inflatable band around the upper stomach to make a small stomach area above the band. This causes one to feel full just after eating a small amount of food. 
  4. Sleeve Gastrectomy - In this procedure, almost 80% of the stomach area is removed surgically, resulting in a small stomach pouch being left. It reduces the stomach size which cause an overall reduction in a number of calories. Modifications also occur in the behavior of the gut bacteria linked to reduced appetite. 
  5. Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch - This procedure involves surgical removal of a large area of the stomach along with bypassing a major portion of the smaller intestine. This procedure may reduce fat absorption of up to 70%. The behavior of the gut hormones change resulting in a decrease in appetite and improved satiety. 

Complications Various complications may result from this surgery such as 

  1. May cause infections in the body 
  2. Clots may form in the blood 
  3. It can result in bowel problems 
  4. Ulcers can form in the stomach 

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