List of Possible Gastric Sleeve Complications

As with any kind of weight loss surgery, gastric sleeve surgery also brings the risk of complications. The possibility of gastric sleeve complications is even greater if you already had severe obesity and health-related problems prior to your weight loss surgery. However, gastric sleeve surgery is actually a lot safer compared with other forms of weight loss surgery.

The following is the list of possible gastric sleeve complications:

1. Internal Leakage

Internal leakage is one possible gastric sleeve complication that patients could get. This can cause life-threatening condition for you will get infection or septicemia as the consequence of internal leakage. If you get internal leakage, you must do second surgery to fix it.

2. Dumping Syndrome

When foods or liquid with high content of sugar moves rapidly to small intestine, this can cause dumping syndrome. However, this condition is quite rate because gastric sleeve surgery only alters stomach size but not digestive system. There are several conditions that you will experience when you get dumping syndrome such as shaking, lightheadedness, sweatiness and diarrhea.

3. Stomach Stretching

Stomach stretching is one of the most common gastric sleeve complications. Even though a large portion of your stomach has been removed, the remaining of your stomach has an ability to stretch again if you constantly overeating. Therefore, it is important you get accustomed with eating smaller portion as directed after your surgery otherwise your surgery will be useless.

Other gastric sleeve complications include:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory problems
  • Allergic reactions to certain drugs

How to Avoid Gastric Sleeve Complications

You will stay in hospital for few days after your surgery. During this time, it is important that you are monitored by your surgeon to avoid any possible complications in the future. When you feel something wrong, you should tell your doctor or nurse immediately to get immediate treatment.

For first few weeks after you are out of hospital, you should avoid any strenuous activity such as heavy lifting or gym exercise. Your surgeon will tell you when you can return your normal activities again. In the meantime, take your time to rest and recover your body.

After your surgery it is important you chew your foods properly to avoid any complications such as indigestion or vomiting. Usually, you will have to chew your foods 30 times before swallowing. Your stomach can’t handle hard food anymore after the surgery, so make sure the food is soft enough for your stomach.