Gastric bypass is a procedure that is used as a weight loss method and may be applied to a wide range of overweight people. The procedure has a lot of benefits; however, knowing the gastric bypass side effects is also important. Some of the side effects of the surgery include nausea, the dumping syndrome, as well as hypoglycemia and stress.
1. Dumping Syndrome
The dumping syndrome is when food passes through the stomach too quickly, and isn't completely digested by the time it reaches the small intestines. The dumping syndrome is manifested through excessive sweating, irritability or shaking. The pulse may also be increased, and there may also be heart palpitations.
This side effect is more likely to occur in patients that have eaten more than the capacity of their stomach, which is dramatically reduced after the gastric bypass surgery. To avoid this side effect, it is important to follow the guidelines mentioned by your nutritionist and opt for several smaller snacks instead of one larger meal.
Nausea is a common side effect of the gastric bypass procedure. It occurs mostly after meals, especially if you eat more than the capacity of your stomach.
Chew the food you ingest properly, as large chunks of food in the stomach may also cause vomiting.
3. Lack of Essential Nutrients
As the gastric bypass procedure is a procedure that will reduce the size of the stomach, you may eat less and may also fail to eat foods that contain essential nutrients. Talk to a nutritionist and get some dietary guidelines that will ensure that you get all the proteins, fibers and carbohydrates you need.
You may also get some dietary supplements to ensure that your body gets all the needed nutrients.
4. Low Blood Sugar
Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, may occur in patients that were used to eating a lot of glucose, and their present diet includes little or no carbohydrates.
This condition may also cause lightheadedness and sudden fainting. If is important to include a few carbohydrates in the diet, as these have their role as well. If you experience lightheadedness or blackouts, you should get 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup and place this under your tongue. The glucose should enter the blood flow and reduce these symptoms.
If you eat fast foods and carbohydrates, you may experience stomach cramps. This side effect is not present in patients that eat the recommended diet.
6. Stress and Emotional Changes
A surgery such as the gastric bypass will cause a few changes, and these may be stressful for you, so it is important to deal with stress in a timely manner; contact support groups or talk to a therapist to help you get over these changes.
It is important to have realistic expectations from the gastric bypass surgery and know that the weight loss won’t be instantaneous.
Despite these physical and emotional side effects, the gastric bypass is a popular surgery, as there are several benefits that outweigh these possible side effects.