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Can Gastric Sleeve Surgery Help Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

By Fernando Garcia on September 29, 2015

A man with abdominal painWhen it comes to improving your overall health and wellness, undergoing bariatric surgery with Dr. Fernando Garcia is a great option to consider. His Tijuana weight loss surgery center offers the latest in bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy), a low-maintenance and highly effective option for safely losing excessive weight.

Undergoing bariatric surgery can improve your health in a number of ways. With that in mind, let's consider how gastric sleeve can address issues with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Also known as a spastic colon, IBS is a condition that affect the large intestine, causing abdominal pain and intestinal discomfort as well as a number of other serious problems. IBS is sometimes associated with inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Chrohn's disease.

The exact causes of IBS can vary from patient to patient, but researches have found links between IBS and food allergies, mental stress, family history, and hormonal imbalances/changes.

Symptoms and Signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Some of the most common symptoms and signs of IBS include the following:

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Excessive gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mucus in the stool

Serious symptoms of IBS include rectal bleeding, severe abdominal pain, and weight loss.

Does irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) get better or worse after gastric sleeve?

Patients who undergo gastric sleeve and other kinds of bariatric surgery procedures typically notice improvements of their IBS after they've undergone surgery. In fact, numerous patients notice that their IBS is no longer a factor or the symptoms and signs of the condition are greatly reduced. Patients who had issues with IBS often note having regular stools again rather than issues with diarrhea, loose stools, and dry stools.

Why does irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) improve after undergoing bariatric surgery?

There are a number of reasons for this. For one, a weight loss surgery patient makes a number of changes to his or her lifestyle than impact overall health and wellness. This includes changes to diet, changes in overall weight, and modifications to a previously unhealthy lifestyle. All of these improvements in the way that a life is lived can result in a reduction of IBS symptoms and an improvement in overall diet and gastrointestinal health.

So Many Health Benefits Related to Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In addition to providing an excellent treatment for IBS, gastric sleeve surgery and other weight loss procedures are a great means of improving overall weight, treating diabetes, and preventing heart disease, stroke, and a number of other serious health conditions down the road.

Clearly, weight loss surgery has so many benefits for patients, and the safety of the procedures we perform mean that the risks are generally outweighed by all of the advantages.

Is gastric sleeve right for me?

The best way to find out if gastric sleeve surgery or other kinds of procedures are right for you and your needs is to reach out to our team and schedule a consultation. During your visit, we will be sure to go over all of your concerns in greater detail and help you make the best choice about your overall wellness.

Learn More About the Risks and Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

If you would like to learn more about bariatric surgery and how it can help you achieve better health and total wellness, it's important that you contact a skilled bariatric surgeon about your weight loss options. Dr. Fernando Garcia will be more than happy to discuss these matters with your in greater detail so you can make informed decisions about your health and wellness.

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