Gastric sleeve plication surgery represents a life-changing and potentially life-saving procedure for people who are struggling with morbid obesity. It also represents a potentially safer and more effective alternative to traditional gastric bypass surgery as it does not entail the removal of any healthy stomach tissue. Although relatively new, gastric sleeve plication has already shown extraordinary promise, with the majority of patients experiencing massive weight loss, dramatic improvement in comorbid health conditions, and little in the way of serious complications.
Despite the early promise of gastric sleeve plication surgery, however, patients must understand that it is a major surgical procedure. As such, it does produce side effects, of which patients should be fully aware before committing to surgery. Drs. Fernando Garcia and David Vazquez discuss gastric sleeve plication surgery side effects in detail during consultations at their Tijuana, BC bariatric surgery center so that patients can make confident, informed decisions about whether to proceed with surgery.
Is gastric sleeve plication surgery the right solution in your particular case? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Garcia or Dr. Vazquez today.
First, it is important to distinguish between side effects and major complications. In the context of this blog article, side effects are limited to relatively minor, short-term issues that are generally temporary. These are more common than major complications, which have so far proven to be rare with gastric sleeve plication surgery, especially when compared to other forms of traditional bariatric surgery. Major long-term complications from surgery would include infection, internal bleeding, and - in the longer term - malnutrition.
The most common side effect of gastric sleeve plication surgery is nausea, often accompanied by vomiting. In most patients, this side effect can be controlled with medication. In nearly all patients, nausea resolved on its own within a week of surgery.
Another common side effect of gastric sleeve plication surgery is a change in bowel function, which may manifest itself as either diarrhea or constipation at any given time, depending on the patient’s diet. During the initial two weeks after surgery, patients are limited to a liquid diet, after which tiny amounts of foods of varying consistencies will be introduced at regular intervals until the six-month mark. At that point, patients will be able to eat a normal diet, by their new, post-surgical standard, and all issues with bowel function should be resolved.
Compared to other bariatric surgeries, short-term weight loss with gastric sleeve plication surgery is generally more modest. One side effect of this can be a feeling of discouragement. Patients must remain optimistic and patient, as weight loss takes time and commitment. They must understand that gastric sleeve plication is not a quick fix, but rather a long-term solution.
To learn more about gastric sleeve plication surgery side effects, please contact Tijuana Bariatric Center today.