Duodenal Switch Side Effects & Risks

There are of course risks and side effects that are associated with the duodenal switch procedure, you may find that you will perhaps experience slightly more side effects as the procedure requires removing a section of the stomach; you should ensure that you fully understand what is common after the procedure has been performed, and how you can deal with any of the side effects or risks which may occur. Most side effects will of course be treatable, and prior to your discharge from hospital, specialist medical staff will be on hand to assist with any problems. You are responsible for much of your recovery, and you will be given strict advice to follow on your discharge, this will reduce as much as possible any risk of side effects or complications developing.

What might I experience?

Patients who undergo this type of procedure usually experience the highest amount of side effects with this surgery than other weight loss procedures. It is best that you familiarise yourself with what you may experience therefore you can deal with it appropriately, You may feel slightly uncomfortable after surgery, this will be due to a number of things, such as the healing of the surgical wounds, and the feeling of the anaesthesia wearing off, this may cause dizziness or nausea. You may experience bad smelling gas, stomach cramping and diarrhoea; this will be caused by your digestive system adjusting to the change. Due to the fact that your body will absorb less calories after surgery you may experience malnutrition. Many of these side effects are however treatable and during your stay in hospital you will have access to medical pain relief as well as assistance and guidance whenever you need it. You may also find that you develop stomach ulcers or blood clotting, however the specialist team will attempt all that is possible to reduce the risk of this. Many patients find that while their intestines adapt to the new layout loose bowel movements may occur, for many it clear up after a few months, however for some this can continue for the rest of your life.

What can I do to reduce these side effects?

You will be responsible for much of your recovery and you may be able to reduce the side effects occurring after your stay in hospital. You will have assistance from dieticians and other specialists who will draw up realistic plans with you to follow, such as healthy eating plans and you will do well to follow these plans strictly, this can reduce the amount of side effects you can experience. Many patients find that side effects will only last for a specific amount of time, and that following advice is definitely effective with reducing the risk of them. You may also take nutritional supplements to reduce any risk of malnutrition, often individuals who have undergone this type of surgery find that it is beneficial to take these types of supplements on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. During your stay in hospital you will receive assistance and guidance on any risks and side effects which may lead on to complication from the surgery, you will need to familiarise yourself with anything which can occur after your stay. If complication occurs during your hospital stay, obviously the duration of your stay will be extended and you will be dealt with quickly and effectively. Throughout the procedure and aftercare however you will constantly be assessed and your safety is of utmost importance throughout.

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