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    What are the possible risks and side effects of gastric bypass surgery?

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    Dr Vytauras Kuzinkovas

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr V. Kuzinkovas is a UK trained Consultant Surgeon, specializing in Upper Gastro-Intestinal, Obesity, advanced Laparoscopic and Gastro-Esophageal cancer Surgery. He has Visiting Medical Officer … View Profile

    Gastric bypass includes cutting and stapling the stomach and the small bowel. It has a greater risk of postoperative complications than the sleeve gastrectomy. After this procedure the portion of the digestive tract is bypassed, reducing absorption of various nutrients. Patients require taking many vitamin and mineral supplements. Despite that - some nutrient deficiencies can still occur. There is the risk of gastric ulcers and internal hernias requiring additional treatment or surgery.

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