Introduction to Bariatric Surgery
Gastric Bypass Dumping Types and Prevention
If you've had weight loss surgery, your doctor may have warned you about gastric bypass dumping syndrome. Maybe you've had symptoms of dumping syndrome and didn't know what to do. Your best resource for help with any complications after surgery is always your doctor. But these basic facts will help you to understand, treat and prevent dumping syndrome.
What Is Dumping Syndrome?
Dumping syndrome is a problem that occurs in some patients after having weight loss surgery that reduces the size of the stomach. It is the result of food passing too quickly into the small intestine. It often happens when a patient eats certain foods, such as sweets or certain carbohydrate sources such as like sugar and some starches). It can also occur as a result of eating too much food at one time.
Experts don't know exactly why dumping occurs. Some researchers believe that the condition is caused by the rapid change in the size of the stomach. About 15-20% of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery or any surgery to reduce stomach size will experience symptoms of dumping.
There are two different kinds of dumping syndrome and each has a different set of symptoms. If you experience dumping syndrome symptoms, take note of the timing of the onset. The information may be helpful to your doctor as you try to prevent the condition from continuing.
Early dumping syndromeis more common than late dumping syndrome and occurs shortly after eating. Early gastric bypass syndrome usually occurs within the first 10 to 30 minutes after a meal. According to the National Institutes of Health, symptoms of early dumping syndrome include:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Feeling uncomfortably full or bloated after a meal
- Flushing, or blushing of the face or skin
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Late dumping syndromeoccurs 2-3 hours after you eat a meal. Symptoms of late dumping syndrome may include:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Talk to your weight loss doctor if you think you are experiencing gastric bypass dumping syndrome. There are medical tests used to diagnose dumping syndrome and medical treatments that may help you to manage and prevent the symptoms. Many times your doctor will suggest that you change your diet to reduce the chances that the syndrome will continue.
To prevent dumping syndrome, medical experts generally recommend that you:
The medical experts at also recommend laying down for 30 minutes after your meal to prevent or treat symptoms of dumping.
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