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Ulcers or Strictures

The New York Bariatric Group makes sure to carefully educate our patients and prospective patients on all of the known and common varieties of gastric bypass side effects and risks. Two varieties of such bariatric surgery risks are ulcers and strictures. 

Bariatric Surgery Risks: Strictures

One risk of bariatric surgery is an anastamotic stricture (approximately 3%-5% of all gastric bypass patients).  A anastamotic stricture occurs when the new connection between the stomach and small intestine heals, but as it heals, it forms scar tissue that can make the opening of the connection smaller.  The opening may become so small that the patient is unable to tolerate foods or liquids.

A stricture can often be managed with endoscopy (using a camera that is passed down the mouth into the stomach). A balloon is then passed through the scar and inflated, stretching the scar wide enough to accept solid food and liquid. This procedure can be performed in the endoscopy suite right in our office at The New York Bariatric Group.

Bariatric Surgery Risks: Ulcers

One of the most common causes of nausea and vomiting in gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients (approximately 1-16% of all gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients) is an ulcer (a sore that can form at the staple line). The area around the staple lines is the most prone to developing ulcers. Some of the things that may increase the sleeve gastrectomy and roux en y gastric bypass surgery risks of developing an ulcer include: smoking, taking aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), or by a bacterial infection in the stomach called H. Pylori. Ulcers can usually be treated successfully by medications (Protonix and Carafate and antibiotics).

Learn more about other gastric bypass surgery risks by exploring the rest of this section of our website. Or feel free to call the New York Bariatric Group directly at 800-633-8446 with any questions about ulcers, strictures and other bariatric surgery risks.

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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