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What are complications that may result from gastric bypass surgery?

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After gastric bypass surgery, people typically stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days and return to normal activity within 2 to 3 weeks. About 10% of people have complications, which are usually minor and include:

  • Wound infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding

From: What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Brief History and Summary of Bariatric Surgery;" "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity;" "Gastric Banding and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding;" and "Bariatric Surgery." 

Brethauer, S. November 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Virji, A. April 15, 2006. American Family Physician,

Kral, J.   , Oct. 28, 2006. British Medical Journal

Fisher, B. January 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Buchwald, H., Oct. 13, 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Brief History and Summary of Bariatric Surgery;" "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity;" "Gastric Banding and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding;" and "Bariatric Surgery." 

Brethauer, S. November 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Virji, A. April 15, 2006. American Family Physician,

Kral, J.   , Oct. 28, 2006. British Medical Journal

Fisher, B. January 2004. Obesity Surgery,

Buchwald, H., Oct. 13, 2004. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Cleveland Clinic: "Surgical Options for Extreme Obesity."

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

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