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Gastrectomy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have gastrectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage to nearby organs
  • Leaking from the new connection between the stomach, intestine, and/or esophagus
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Hernia formation at the incision site
  • Blood clots
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Advanced age
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutritional status
  • Respiratory disease or cardiac disease

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
  • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Swelling and/or pain in your legs, calves, or feet

In case of an emergency, CALL 911immediately.



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