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"Consequences" are changes that one would expect to occur as a normal result of gastric bypass. They stem from making a small stomach pouch and from bypassing the majority of the stomach and the duodenum.

Gastric Bypass Consequences

  • Permanent food intake restriction
  • Decreased Vit B12, Iron, and Ca uptake
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Temporary hair thinning (partial loss)
  • Psychological adjustments
  • Need for plastic surgery
  • Lifelong medical follow-up

Gastric Bypass Dumping Syndrome

  • Follows many types of stomach surgeries
    • When sugars rapidly hit small bowel
  • Variable incidence, intensity
  • Sweating, weakness, rapid heart rate, nausea, hot flash, diarrhea
  • Lasts 10-45 minutes
  • Rx: time, diet, medication
  • Good news: Helps you avoid sugars!

Gastric Bypass Lactose Intolerance

  • Difficult digestion of milk products
  • Indigestion, gas, diarrhea
  • Hereditary
  • Gastric bypass can "unmask", but not cause it
  • Rx: diet, enzyme replacement

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