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Vertical Banded Gastroplasty—Open Surgery
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Vertical Banded Gastroplasty—Open Surgery Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

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

  • Vitamin deficiencies—You will take a multivitamin daily for the rest of your life.
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Vomiting
  • Breakdown of the staples, allowing stomach juices to leak into the abdomen
  • Slipping or wearing away of the band
  • Enlargement of the pouch
  • Irritation of the throat due to acid reflux
  • Hernia formation
  • Complications of general anesthesia
  • Death, occurs in less than 1% of patients

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Recent or chronic illness (eg, kidney disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Old age
  • Heart or lung disease
  • Bleeding or clotting disorders

Call Your Doctor

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

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Blood in the stool
  • Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Any other concerning symptoms

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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