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Gastric Sleeve Side Effects

By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on May 06, 2018

Overweight maleBariatric surgery offers obese patients a way to effectively lose a significant amount of weight in a fairly short amount of time. Although weight loss surgery is not an appropriate option for all patients, it can be a life-saving procedure for those who are morbidly obese; particularly for those who have health issues that are related to their weight. 

There are many bariatric surgery techniques, but at her practice, Dr. Jacqueline Osuna regularly performs gastric sleeve surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery drastically reduces the size of the stomach without altering the digestive tract. This procedure limits the amount of food a person can eat at one time, but does not interfere with the body’s natural ability to absorb nutrients. 

This procedure has a reduced risk of complications compared to other gastric techniques. However, patients should still expect to experience gastric sleeve side effects following treatment. To learn more, contact the practice of Jacqueline Osuna, MD, serving Guadalajara, MX and Tijuana, MX. 

Pain or Discomfort

It is common for patients to experience pain or discomfort while they recover from gastric sleeve surgery. Pain is likely to be the most severe the first few days of recovery, while surgical wounds are fresh. 

Patients will be prescribed pain medication that can be used as directed to improve comfort. As recovery progresses, pain should dissipate. 

However, the patient may still experience general discomfort related to post-surgical swelling and bloating. These conditions can last for several weeks, but they should improve as time goes on, making the recovery process a little bit easier each step of the way. 

Nausea or Vomiting

It can take time for the body to adjust to the changes that are made during surgery. Similarly, it can take the patient time to adapt to the new eating guidelines that are necessary following gastric sleeve surgery. Until the patient adopts appropriate eating habits, and while the body’s smaller stomach gets used to processing food, it is not unusual for patients to experience some nausea and vomiting. 

Nausea and vomiting are especially likely if a patient overeats or eats or drinks too quickly. To prevent nausea, patients should eat slowly, take small sips when drinking, and avoid drinking while eating a meal. Patients should also take caution when testing out new foods, and avoid eating too much in one sitting.

Gastric Reflux

Gastric reflux is a common condition among all patients. It occurs when stomach acid travels up the esophagus. It causes discomfort (often referred to as heartburn), and can lead to vomiting in extreme cases. 

Gastric reflux is especially common following gastric sleeve surgery. Since the stomach is smaller, it may not process food as quickly. As with nausea and vomiting, this is a side effect that should dissipate as the patient learns to eat smaller meals more slowly.

Hair Loss

Hair loss is another condition that is common for all people. On average, individuals lose up to 100 hairs a day. However, hair loss is likely to increase following gastric sleeve surgery. Whenever a person loses a great deal of weight very quickly, hair loss is common. 

Patients may notice that they lose clumps of hair at a time. Although it can be alarming to experience hair loss at that rate, there are supplements that can be taken to slow hair loss down. Once a person approaches his or her goal weight and weight loss slows down, hair loss should slow down as well.

Learn More

Gastric sleeve surgery resizes the stomach so that patients can lose weight quickly and effectively. Although the procedure will result in some uncomfortable side effects, its health benefits can be life changing for many patients. To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and whether you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure, contact us at your earliest convenience.

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