Gastric bypass surgery is often the last hope for patients who suffer from weight-related complications. Patients often have a dramatic improvement in their weight and health shortly after surgery. The decision to undergo surgery, however, should not be taken lightly. One should first fully understand the risks of gastric bypass surgery.
After gastric bypass surgery, you will not be able to eat normally. When you’re up to it, you will first be on a liquid only diet. Patients then progress to soft foods and ultimately a regular diet. However, with your stomach effectively reduced in size, you’ll need to eat very small meals. In fact, eating too much or too fast in the first six months may cause vomiting or pain. You will gradually be able to eat more, but you’ll never eat as much as before. In addition, as your body rapidly loses weight, your body may experience some other changes. You may experience tiredness, body aches or mood changes. Patients also report feeling cold, having dry skin, and thinning hair.
As with any other surgery, risks for gastric bypass patients include bleeding and infection. Risks specifically associated with gastric bypass surgery include: