Help! Can bariatric surgery cause pancreatitis?

Yes. Sometimes the pancreas can get irritated during the surgery and lead to pancreatitis. There have been cases of portal vein thrombosis after sleeve gastrectomy.
Not common. The incidence of gallstones in obese patients undergoing bariatric procedures is about 15%. While this is itself a risk factor for pancreatitis, fortunately, in large series of bariatric procedures, the incidence of post-operative pancreatitis is less than 1% during the hospitalization for the bariatric procedure.

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What can cause a person not to lose weight after bariatric surgery?

Takes time. It takes upto 9 months to see the results of weight loss surgery. The reason for not loosing weight after the initial improvement is slowly building the amount of food intake - the stomach can regrow to fit the increased food portions. So if it is initial after surgery be patient if it is a late effect you might need to add other protocols to complement the surgical benefits. Read more...
Type of OR & diet. The type of surgery can influence weight loss. Bypass > sleeve > band. Diet is also critical. For all procedures, eat solid, dense foods, not sliders that go right through. Don't drink with food, since it flushes food down. Avoid sweets. Avoid high calorie snacks like chips, cheese, nuts, peanut butter, crackers. Go to followup appointments. Read more...
Compliance. Weight loss surgery is an assistive device,,if you will, for weight loss. It doesn't force the weight off the body. Patient compliance is a big contributor to weight loss, and not following a good diet and exercise regimen after surgery will hinder weight loss despite the operation. Read more...