Las Vegas Bariatrics Blog
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Constipation following a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure is one of the most common problems post-surgery. While constipation may be an expected side effect, it does not make it any less uncomfortable to deal with. If you have
Constipation occurs when the body has difficulty empting its bowels and is often associated with hardened feces. As the body goes longer between bowel movements, the body will absorb more water into the bloodstream, which causes stool to harden in the large intestine.
This is one of the most common complaints among patients after weight loss surgery or at a minimum patients will notice a change in the frequency of bowel movements. If you’ve recently had a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure done, you may notice that you can go one to three days between bowel movements and this is actually normal. People often believe that they are constipated after just one day without a bowel movement, but constipation is typically not considered an issue unless bowel movements occur less than once a week.
While constipation may be a common side effect of weight loss surgery, it is typically a temporary thing that should not result in serious complications if it is addressed and treated. Constipation is a condition that should not ignored as it can worsen the over time.
Constipation after bariatric surgery can be caused by a number of factors including:
If you will soon be undergoing a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure or if you are currently recovering from one, it is important for you to be informed of ways to help you prevent constipation and the ways to help treat it.
For more information about treating constipation following your gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure, call our team at Las Vegas Bariatrics today at (702) 384-1160.
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