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Being Aware of Possible Complication Signs

By Ashley Andrews, RN


In any medical procedure, complications may occur.  It’s important for you to be aware of these complications and seek medical attention if necessary. Below are three conditions that you should not ignore.

 


Vomiting

Please note that vomiting is never normal with any weight-loss procedure.

 

Bypass/Sleeve: After a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, vomiting can occur if you eat too quickly, take bites that are too big, or eat foods that are not moist enough. This is your body’s way of telling you to change those eating habits. Do not simply continue your eating cycle. Vomiting because of improper eating should rarely occur.  If it happens more than once or twice a year, we need to assess you in our office. Remember that your body only has 3-day stores of thiamin. Frequent vomiting can delete these stores and may lead to irreversible nerve damage.

 

Band: Vomiting with the band can lead to a slipped band and decreased vitamin levels. If you find that you can tolerate food one day, but vomit the next, your band is probably too tight. Your stomach becomes irritated and swollen and you must have fluid removed from your band. A slipped band can lead to emergency surgery or necrosis of your stomach.

 

Pain

If you experience pain after eating, please call the office. Many times, a piece of food is simply stuck. However there are other caused of pain just below your breast bone that can indicate more serious problems such as ulcers, prolapsed bands, internal hernias, etc.

 

Nausea

Nausea is not a normal feeling and should not occur daily. Decreased vitamin or electrolyte levels can cause nausea. Nausea can also occur from overeating, eating too quickly, taking bites that are too big, eating sugar, or not drinking enough fluids. After surgery, you should progressively feel better each day, not worse. If you experience something that just does not feel right, call the office.