21 August 2008

Death. As is the case with any major surgical procedure there is a risk of death associated with Biliopancreatic Diversion surgery and estimates fewer than 3 in 200 (1.5%) people die after surgery for weight loss The risk varies according to patient’s age, as well as with other medical conditions from which you are suffering and your general state of health.

Narrowing of the opening between the stomach and small intestine.
The connection between the stomach and the intestines narrows (stomal stenosis) 5% to 15% of the time, leading to nausea and vomitiong after eating.

Dumping syndrome. A biliopancreatic diversion may cause dumping syndrome. This occurs when food moves too quickly through the stomach and intestines. It causes nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and possibly diarrhea soon after eating. These symptoms are made worse by eating highly refined, high-calorie foods (like sweets). In some cases you may become so weak that you have to lie down until the symptoms pass. Dumping syndrome does not occur in a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.

The principal health danger of biliopancreatic diversion stomach bypass is malnutrition, which is a lifelong and constant health risk. The malabsorptive effect of the BPD operation is so severe that nutritional supplementation is mandatory for life. Vitamin B12 injection therapy, calcium and iron supplements or a daily multivitamin are also essential. Failure to maintain this regime of mineral and vitamin supplementation leads to a range of serious nutritional complications including anemia (30 out of 100 people ) and osteoporosis.

Hospitalized. About 4 people out of 100 need hospitalization because of lack of protein. Protein deficiency is somewhat less of a risk in the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.

Stomach Ulcer. Ulcer develop 5% to 15% of the time.

Chronic Diarrhea.

Frequent, bad-smelling stools.


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