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The Side Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Before and after gastric sleeve surgeryAt Tijuana Bariatric Center, we always to make sure that patients know what they're getting into with regard to their surgical options. This means information on the risks and benefits of bastric sleeve surgery, as well as the side effects of the procedure.

With this in mind, let's take a moment to look at some of the side effects of gastric sleeve surgery and what patients may be able to do to alleviate these issues.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as a sleeve gastrectomy) is a popular option for surgical weight loss. During a sleeve gastrectomy, the size of a patient’s stomach is permanently altered and sutured closed. Thanks to the reduction in stomach size, patients consumer fewer calories and lose weight rapidly and safely as a result.

Even though the gastric sleeve procedure is much less invasive than a gastric bypass and other kinds of weight loss surgeries, there are side effects to consider.

Soreness and Discomfort

Soreness and discomfort is one of the most common side effects of any surgery. Even though the procedure is performed laparoscopically, you will notice some discomfort around the abdominal region. This can be managed through getting proper rest and by taking any prescribed pain relievers as recommended.

Bruising and Swelling

Bruising and swelling are also common side effects that people experience after any surgical procedure. Thankfully these are only temporary side effects that will fade on their own with time.

The major bruising typically fades by the end of two weeks, with some minor bruising persisting by the end of a month. Swelling is common for about a month, with minor swelling persisting for a few months after.

For both bruising and swelling, patients should consider light walking during recovery. This helps promote blood circulation and improves the healing process.


Hiccups remain a bit of a mystery with regard to bariatric surgery procedures. They can occur frequently, with no seeming rhyme or reason. Many patients notice that eating or drinking too fast may trigger hiccups, which is why it's important to savor your food and drink water slowly in between meals.


Changes in your diet, your digestive tract, and your eating habits after surgery will all contribute to occasional feelings of nausea after the procedure has been performed. This is normal, and it's part of getting attuned to your body and its needs, which is especially useful for the long run with regard to your wellness.

Hair Loss

Given the major changes to your diet and digestive tracts, you body may experience some stress. This often leads to hair thinning as your follicles switch to a temporary resting phase. The hair loss will stop and reverse itself in the months ahead as your recover from surgery and your body gets used to your new diet and you become healthy again.

Follow Pre-op and Post-op Instructions to the Letter

The best way to deal with any side effects after gastric sleeve surgery is to prepare properly for the healing process. This means following all of your pre-op instructions to the letter and also following all of your post-op instructions very carefully. Pre-op instructions get your body ready for the healing process, ensuring the best health possible going into surgery. Post-op instructions will give you the info you need to heal properly and quickly.

We can discuss all aspects of the surgery in greater detail during a consultation.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you lose weight and improve your overall health and wellness, be sure to contact our team of bariatric surgery specialists today. The entire team here at Tijuana Bariatric Center looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve total wellness.

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