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As with any type of surgery, bariatric surgery is associated with certain risks and complications. Experts agree, however, that the health risks associated with obesity far outweigh the risks of surgery. Learn how to deal with complications such as gastric band slippage or nutritional deficiencies following weight-loss surgery. 

The possibility of foot drop after bariatric surgery

The possibility of foot drop after bariatric surgery

Foot drop is a medical condition in which loss of muscle control causes your feet and toes to hang forward when you walk, increasing the risk for trips and falls. Many physicians refer to foot drop as a form of peripheral neuropathy, and this condition is common in people who suffer from multiple sclerosis, neurological disorders, and vitamin deficiencies. In many cases, those who experience rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery are also at risk for experiencing foot drop.

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Dealing with nighttime cravings

Night eating is a common problem among weight-loss surgery patients. First identified in 1955, night-eating syndrome occurs when individuals eat at least one-quarter of their daily calories after dinner. For many people suffering from night-eating syndrome, it doesn't matter how many calories they consume during the day, they are still struck by the need to eat at night.

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Dealing with stomach pain after bariatric surgery

Dealing with stomach pain after bariatric surgery

Stomach pain commonly occurs in weight-loss surgery patients as a result of either eating too much, eating the wrong foods, or arising from associated complications such as gallstones. In most cases, experiencing stomach pain is normal, and occurs less frequently as your body becomes better adjusted to the changes following surgery. However, some cases of stomach pain could develop into more serious life-threatening conditions that should be evaluated by your bariatric surgeon as soon as possible.

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Gallstones common after weight-loss surgery

Weight-loss surgery patients, especially women, may suffer an increased risk of gallstones following surgery. Gallstones are small pebble-like formations that develop in the gallbladder and can lead to painful blockages of the bile ducts. If you are concerned about gallstones or have a history of gallstones, talk to your doctor about medication that can help prevent gallstone formation.

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Lack of energy after WLS

Lack of energy after WLS

Some patients may experience severe fatigue several weeks or even months after banding. A feeling of overwhelming fatigue could be due to various vitamin deficiencies. Make sure you are getting sufficient protein, taking your vitamins, and drinking plenty of water.

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