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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. 

LAP-BAND slippage

LAP-BAND slippage

Band slippage is one possible risk involved in Lap-Band surgery. According to Allergen, the makers of the Lap-Band system, approximately 24 percent of Lap-Band patients will experience band slippage at some point. Slippage occurs when the band slides further down the stomach, causing the upper pouch to become bigger and the band to become tighter. Though some patients who experience slippage may not notice any symptoms, for others, slippage can be a painful and dangerous condition. Learning the risk factors for slippage and familiarizing yourself with its symptoms can help you avoid and identify this condition.

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Preventing bone loss after bariatric surgery

Preventing bone loss after bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery has become increasingly popular in the United States, especially with the continuous rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Depending on the type of bariatric surgery you receive, you may be at higher risk for bone loss after your procedure. However, bone loss can be prevented if you take the right steps to eat healthy foods and perform strength-training exercises on a regular basis post-surgery.

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Shoulder pain after LAP-BAND surgery

Nerve pain in the shoulder is not an uncommon reaction after LAP-BAND surgery. Although the actual site of the surgery is nowhere near your shoulder, pain can sometimes travel up to this area via a nerve known as the phrenic nerve.

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Hair loss after weight-loss surgery

About a third of weight loss surgery patients experience some hair loss due to stress from surgery and extreme changes in diet. Hair loss may begin three to four months after surgery and continue until approximately six months post-op. Some patients have reported losing half their hair during this time.

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Be aware of blood sugar post gastric bypass

Many diabetic patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery find themselves with normal glucose levels after surgery and are able to quit taking their previously prescribed diabetes medications.  Some patients, however, may actually experience hypoglycemia — severely low levels of blood sugar caused by too much insulin secretion.

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