Bariatric Surgery and Hemorrhoids: What Patients Should Know

February 25, 2016 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Bariatric Surgery Hemorrhoids

A doctor in the officeWhen it comes to high-quality weight loss surgery, patients can count on the team at Tijuana Bariatrics. We offer state-of-the-art bariatric procedures that are safe and effective, performed in a high-quality surgical facility.

In addition to effective surgical care, our team is committed to patient health and wellness after bariatric surgery. This means offering tips and advice for any challenges you may face ahead.

Getting Used to Life After Weight Loss Surgery

Life after bariatric surgery means adjustments of various kinds. This means changes to your eating habits, your diet as a whole, your activity level, and the needs of your body. It's about losing weight, and it's also about committing yourself to a healthier lifestyle. This is not without its challenges, and sometimes the challenges are inconvenient and uncomfortable, but they're worth it in in the long run.

About Hemorrhoids

Also known as piles, hemorrhoids refers to inflammation of the veins located in the lower rectum and anus. The condition is common in people who are obese or morbidly obese, pregnant women, and adults over the age of 50.

Causes of Hemorrhoids

There are many different causes of hemorrhoids, but with regard to the matter at hand, the most common causes of hemorrhoids is the strain and pressure that can occur in the veins of the anus during bowel movements. Both constipation and frequent diarrhea can lead to hemorrhoids, as can long periods sitting on the toilet and a diet that's low on fiber.

Bariatric Surgery and Hemorrhoids: Can It Happen?

Yes.

A number of patients who undergo bariatric surgery have complained of hemorrhoids. They often occur as a result of constipation and diarrhea as patients adjust to their new diet. It's just one of the challenges that you'll face as you adjust to life after bariatric surgery, though thankfully hemorrhoids are rather easy to treat, and they are also rather easy to avoid.

Preventing Hemorrhoids After Weight Loss Surgery

The best way to prevent hemorrhoids after weight loss surgery is to eat a balanced diet that provides sufficient fiber while also allowing you to get your daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. In cases of serious constipation, patients can consider taking laxatives to help prevent constipation, but it's most important that you focus on your diet and eating habits first, as this will have a major impact on your wellness moving forward.

Monitor Your Diet and Pay Attention to Your Body's Needs

As you spend the first months after bariatric surgery learning about your body's needs, it's important that you really pay attention to what foods do to your stomach and digestive tract as you eat them. Learning what foods might lead to constipation or diarrhea is important, as is determining the best way to prevent these issues from occurring.

We'll discuss a great way to keep these matters in mind in the next blog post, but ultimately we want to stress again that you have to be mindful about what you eat and what your body needs. This is the best path to wellness and happiness after your weight loss procedure is completed.

Contact Dr. Fernando Garcia

For more information about bariatric surgery and how it can help you achieve a slimmer and trimmer frame and better overall wellness, be sure to contact our advanced weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics will work with you to help you achieve total health and wellness.