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 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.