Risks and Lifestyle Changes

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Common risks to every digestive system mayor surgery are present, all of them dependent of the performing medical team experience.

Every malabsortion procedure has a bowel adaptation time in which the stools might be liquid and frecuent. This is a normal condition and it will be decreasing with time.

Changes on the digestive system require modifications on eating habits, because nutrients and vitamine absorbing deficiencies will be present.

Minimum periodic supervision will be required to check protein malnutrition and anemia. Vitamin supplement and B12 vitamin will be required for life.

Changes to the intestinal structure may produce a 15% risk of gallstones and gallblader removing.

Excessive food or candy eating in the new state might induce "Dumping Syndrome".

Uncomfortable symptoms as weakness, fatigue, throbing and sweatness as well as colics and diarrhea, generally 20 minutes after ingesting high-caloric food are present, but it helps to avoid high sugar foods.

Postsurgical dietary instructions vary from one doctor or another, and patient follow-up is very important for a succesful treatment.

Birth Control and Pregnancy

Woman at fertile age should use the most efficient birth control methods over the first 12 months after bariatric surgery. Pregnancy aditional implications for the body and fetal injury risk possibility make this as a high relevance condition.

Back to Work

Resuming activity capacity after the surgical procedure will depend on the physical conditions, nature of the activity and what bariatric surgery type has had the patient.

Patients after laparoscopic procedure can regain normal physical activity levels 72 hours after surgery, and start moderate physical workout after two weeks.