Patients may experience some short-term side effects following their bariatric procedure. Common side effects include aches, nausea, and constipation. In rare instances, patients may develop more serious conditions, like blood clots and bowel obstructions. Fortunately, there are a number of preventive steps that you can take to minimize or avoid unwanted side effects. The first is choosing a surgeon with extensive experience in performing bariatric procedures, such as Dr. Fernando Garcia or Dr. David Vazquez.
Unfortunately, constipation is an all-too common side effect after bariatric surgery. The change in a patient's digestive tract, combined with reduced fluid intake and medication, often leads to blockage, hemorrhoids, and hernias. The surgeons and nutritionist working with the Tijuana Bariatrics team can help patients understand what to expect and recommend tips to reduce their risk.