Bariatric Surgery Risks: Strictures

One risk of bariatric surgery is an anastomotic stricture (approximately 3%-5% of all gastric bypass patients).  An anastomotic 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-THIN with any questions about ulcers, strictures, and other bariatric surgery risks.


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.