A 62-year-old male asked:
what is the down side to gastric bypass?
4 doctor answers
Dr. David Nelson answered
32 years experience Family Medicine
Malnutrition : Vitamin defiencies and malnutrition are common side effects. It can cause anemia, hair loss and fatigue. Unfortunately, gastric bypass can't be reversed.
Answered on Nov 8, 2015
Dr. Daniel Zanger answered
32 years experience Cardiology
Gastric bypass : If you having the roun-en - y procedure you are permanently altering the anatomy if your hut and may develop various GI issues like vitamin deficiency and osteoporosis.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. John Garner answered
15 years experience Cardiology
Loss of Gut: Aside from potential rupture of the staples used to close off a portion of the stomach, or the sutures used to connect the limbs of a roux-en-y procedure, there is a risk of malabsorption of nutrients or something known as "short gut syndrome" which is a manifestation of inadequate intestine remaining for complete absorption of food. There are many "bypass" procedures, each has its own issues.
Answered on Jul 18, 2016
Dr. Linda Gromko answered
47 years experience Family Medicine
Potential risks: Gastric bypass is a major surgery - never to be approached casually. As with any major surgery, there exist complications - even the possibility of dying! on the other hand, when a person has multiple "co-morbidities" of obesity (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.), the benefits may outweigh the risks. Talk to your doctor, your family, and yourself as you make this important choice.
Answered on Aug 16, 2020
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