What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery

Serious side effects include:

  • Bleeding in stool, which can appear as reddish or black stools, can be serious. Let your doctor know about this immediately, or go to an emergency room.
  • Blood clots to the lungsare rare, happening less than 1% of the time. They can be life-threatening. But blood clots can usually be prevented with blood thinning drugs and frequent activity.
  • Leaks in the new connections made by the weight loss surgery are rare, but serious. They usually occur within 5 days of the surgery. Abdominal pain and feeling ill are common symptoms — these should prompt a call to your doctor.

Also, you may notice that your skin is sagging. You may choose to get surgery to remove it.

Nutrition After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery changes how your body handles food. It becomes harder to absorb certain nutrients, including:

  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D

You don’t have to fall short on those nutrients. Ask your doctor if you need to take supplements.

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