Stomach Surgery Complications

Stomach Surgery Complications

Undergoing surgery to help treat an abdominal problem can often be the best way to provide a solution to a condition; it also comes with various risks. The risks involved in surgery is the reason why it considered a last resort and only carried out after all other traditional methods of treatment have been tried without success.

Stomach surgery complications can occur in any kind of abdominal surgery whether it is related to obesity or to repair a hernia. Unfortunately the chance of complications happening in stomach surgery stands at 25%-50% although the risk of serious complication that can cause disability is only around 1%-2%.

Bariatric stomach surgery complications

Stomach surgery complications and side effects are present in all forms stomach operating procedure. The types of complications that can occur will differ depending on the type of surgery; however, there are complications and side effects that will apply to all.

The first complication that can occur is infection. This can happen in the both the stomach and the healing wound, the use of laparoscopic surgery has lowered the risk of infections manifesting but the risk is still present. Other complications are nausea and vomiting which can often be related to general anaesthesia which is used in operations, these symptoms are generally temporary.

Bariatric surgery involves making the stomach smaller so that people that are morbidly obese can lose weight easily and quickly. This form of surgery has possible complications that can occur in the immediate aftermath of surgery or in the weeks and months afterwards.

Being severely overweight will instantly increase the chances of complications occurring. Morbid obesity can increase the risk of blood clots occurring and the likelihood of general anaesthesia causing complications. Other obesity related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure will also increase the likelihood of complications.

General health can be affected by the lack of protein, vitamins and minerals that can be consumed; these ingredients are found in certain foods that cannot be consumed in the diet plans that are set. The change of diet may also lead to frequent vomiting as the body adjusts to the new food consumption methods.

There is a risk of blood clots on the lung and chest infections occurring as-well as other symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhoea. In cases of gastric bypass surgery there is a risk of leakage occurring at the point where the intestine has re-joined the stomach.

Losing weight to quickly can cause another complication which is gallstones, these can cause intense pain and will need surgically removing.

Hernia stomach surgery complications

Most people will not suffer from any complication after hernia surgery; however there is a risk of complications occurring on some occasions. Possible complications that can arise are:

  • Tissue damage in areas of the abdomen such as the bowel or bladder
  • Nerve damage which can cause numbing in the groin area
  • Risk of the hernia re-occurring
  • A build-up of fluid or blood in the area vacated by the hernia