Dangerous Side Effects of Gastric Bypass Surgeries

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Dangerous Side Effects of Gastric Bypass Surgeries

    Two new studies indicate that gastric bypass surgery could
    have severely dangerous side effects, including severe hypoglycemia (low blood glucose level) and even death.

    * Black Outs Causing Traffic Accidents

    The first study demonstrated that gastric bypass surgery can result in a potentially dangerous hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) complication that may require quick treatment. It examined the history of three patients who suffered such severe hypoglycemia following meals, as a result of high insulin levels, that they became confused and sometimes blacked out. In two cases, this caused automobile collisions.

    None of the patients responded to medication, and they all eventually needed partial or complete removal of the pancreas, the major source of insulin, in order to prevent them from undergoing dangerous declines in blood glucose.

    * "Dumping Syndrome"

    A possible reason for the postprandial (after-meal) hypoglycemia they experienced is "dumping syndrome," which occurs when the small intestine fills too quickly with undigested food from the stomach. This can happen following gastric bypass surgery.

    However, the failure of the symptoms to respond to treatment suggests there are other mechanisms at work as well, such as increased insulin sensitivity following the surgery, and abnormal hormone secretion patterns resulting from alteration of the intestinal tract.

    * Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia can include:

    Rapid heart rate
    Excessive hunger
    Headaches in the morning
    Risk of Death

    At the same time, other research has uncovered a higher-than-expected risk of death following surgery for obesity, even among younger patients. In a study of more than 16,000 subjects, more than 5 percent of men and nearly 3 percent of women aged 35 to 44 were dead within a year of the surgery.

    Slightly higher rates were found in patients 45 to 54, and among patients 65 to 74 almost 13 percent of men and roughly 6 percent of women died. Among those aged 75 and older, half of the men and 40 percent of the women died.

    * Malnutrition, Infection, Shock to the System

    The potentially deadly complications can include malnutrition, infection, and bowel and gallbladder problems. The surgery itself can be a dangerous shock to the system, particularly for older patients.

    Gastric bypass is the most common U.S. obesity surgery. About 160,000 people undergo gastric bypass surgery every year.

    * EurekAlert October 12, 2005

    Journal of the American Medical Association October 19, 2005; 294(15): 1903-1908

    USA Today October 19, 2005

    Dr. Mercola's Comment:

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a "quick-fix" solution to obesity? Surgery can do some pretty wonderful things, like repair your body after it is involved in a serious accident.

    However, if you choose to use surgery to address your struggle with optimizing your weight, you are asking for MAJOR trouble. This is largely related to the fact that the cause of your problem is not surgically based.

    As these new studies show, if you choose a surgical solution for weight loss you are likely to experience surgical complications. I have previously mentioned the potentially fatal risks associated with gastric bypass surgeries.

    The cost of this procedure is also an issue. Given that it costs nearly $30,000 to perform, from a cost perspective alone serious examination of other approaches would seem highly warranted.

    Unfortunately, it is an increasingly common approach conventional medicine has for obesity, yet its long-term success rate borders on 10 percent. And it is fraught with possible complications including:

    Bone loss
    Liver failure
    And it also carries a good chance of simply killing you outright.

    As I've said before, when you use the wrong tool to "cure" any medical condition -- especially when it's a lifestyle-related medical concern like obesity -- you're virtually guaranteed to have problems. Of course, that hasn't stopped people, like the former half-ton man, from doing it anyway. People forget it didn't take them a day to gain all those extra pounds, and it will take considerably longer to lose it safely and smartly.

    * Some guidelines for normalizing your weight naturally:

    Start the Total Health Program.

    Modify your diet based on your body's unique metabolic type.

    Reduce, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars from your daily diet.

    Treat the emotional issues that brought your health to this low spot by learning a valuable, effective and non-invasive tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique.

    Get moving on an exercise plan today!

    Source: Dr. Joseph Mercola's Website
  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    I know several people who have had this surgery, and one of them particularly is already using some of the water to wash unwanted food out whole...without being digested. So, if he eats something he shouldn't, he just drinks water to flush it out. SCARY! Already cheating. It will never work with him and I fear he will have great complications.

    Another man had it and had unforseeable complications and spent 1 year in the hospital just to not die. He can now only work 2 hours a day, four days a week and he has a young family. So, so, so sad.

    No magic pill...or surgery. Thanks for posting this article. I may copy and send it to my one friend who is messing around with the diets...ought to be an eye-opener.

  3. XKathiX

    XKathiX New Member

    I had bypass and never regretted it for a minute and would do it again. Before having it I came to the conclusion that I would either die young or have the surgery. The outcome of the surgery could be good or bad, but at that point I felt it was the lesser of evils.

    I think statistics are hard to read because I've also seen alot of people have the surgery and not take care of themselves appropriately after. They don't do what the doc. says and then get mad if there is a problem.

    It is true though, that whatever surgery you have, you will need to be prepared for any outcome.

  4. dakotasweett

    dakotasweett New Member

    I have met many people who are so happy they had the surgery...but I have cared for patients (as a student nurse) who had bad results. One of my patients became so malnourished that they needed to insert a feeding tube.

    I think it is important to remember that the surgery is not a quick fix. You must learn to eat healthfully since you feel full more quickly which means eating junk is taking the place of vital nutrients from good food.

    I have personally considered the surgery- but don't feel it's right for me (at least not now).

    Thanks for the info though

  5. gongee

    gongee New Member

    My son, who is now 30 yrs old had this surgery 10 years ago. It was a life saver for him. He was 330 lbs. and was developing diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other problems. Back then the surgery was more invasive than the method used today. He spent 10 days in the hospital and it took him probably over a year to get back to his old self (just 180 lbs.lighter/he now weighs 150) He had many complications including hair loss, food getting stuck in the esphogus,stomach ulcers, severe cramping, diarrhea, fatigue etc. After he started taking his vitamins like he should have been doing from the beginning the hair loss and fatigue stopped. His stomach still rules him. He has to be very careful of what oils foods are cooked in,isn't able to eat cream sauces,is lactose intolerant,can't eat meats (except for some small pieces of chicken),can't consume much at a meal, and has to chew his food very well. But if you would ask him if he would do it all over again the answer would be YES.I don't know if I could have gone through what he did, but he is now very healthy and a first year Medical Resident in the ER. He has been consulted to talk to so many patients considering this surgery and if they do decide to go through with it, he is there with them to support every step to the process.

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