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Dealing with stomach pain after bariatric surgery

Dealing with stomach pain after bariatric surgery

LAP-BAND® stomach pain

Patients who undergo LAP-BAND surgery could experience stomach pain as a result of the band slipping or becoming dislodged, or from being too tight. In most cases, LAP-BAND patients who experience stomach pain can visit their surgeon to have the band deflated or loosened through extraction of saline fluid. LAP-BAND patients who experience excessive vomiting, severe heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux, or problems keeping down food and drink should contact their bariatric surgeons immediately for treatment.

Gastric sleeve stomach pain

Gastric sleeve patients can sometimes experience stomach pain if the stomach sleeve becomes narrow or blocked as a result of failing to chew and eat food thoroughly and slowly. In rare cases, patients could experience a leak or perforation in the gastric sleeve and require immediate surgery. Gastric sleeve patients should contact their bariatric surgeons immediately if they experience excessive vomiting, heartburn, left shoulder pain, severe abdominal pain that progressively becomes worse, or have problems keeping down food and liquids.

To avoid stomach pain after undergoing bariatric surgery, be sure to comply with your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and exercise. Eating large portion sizes and certain foods that are not recommended by your surgeon could result in adverse consequences and be detrimental to your overall weight-loss progress.

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