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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by DOnut, Feb 4, 2002.

  1. DOnut

    DOnut Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hi all,
    I have a friend who is morbidly obese and is considering gastric bypass surgery. From what I have read, the procedure does not seem to be to safe. Are there problems with malabsorption? (especially depending on what part of the intestine you choose to resect along with the stomach). I would just like to get everyone's opinion. Thanks.
     
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    We do a lot of them here. And while granted I see the failures (there is something like a 40% complication rate; obviously I see the patient who have extended hospital stays or have to be readmitted), I would not recommend it to anyone unless they are GROSSLY morbidly obese - ie, 400 lbs+. Funny thing is, I had a friend in college who had it done and I thought it was the greatest thing - now after seeing the complications and how sick these patients can get I've lost my enthusiasm for the whole procedure. Then again, maybe its just an intern who's stuck taking the middle of the night phone calls about these patients talking here! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    I haven't time to detail the complications (ie, including a dumping syndrome) here but am sure you or your friend can find sufficient detail on them elsewhere.
     
  4. DOnut

    DOnut Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the reply
     
  5. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    Sure...and BTW, I'll move this to the Everybody Forum where its more appropriate.
     

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