- HEALTH TRACKER
Generally speaking, as the extent or magnitude of a surgical procedure increases, so does the risk of surgery. In regards to weight loss surgery procedures, Duodenal Switch is the most aggressive procedure and as a result, also carries the highest potential for complications. Potential Duodenal Switch complications include:
Additional potential complications include:
As a result of these complications, some patients may need to spend extra time in the ICU. A patient may also require extra time in the ICU if their health is poor initially.
Some complications of Duodenal Switch are more long term, and may not become evident for some time after Duodenal Switch. These potential long term complications of Duodenal Switch include nutritional and vitamin deficiencies that are generally preventable with adequate supplementation. Deficiencies in vitamin D, vitamin A, calcium and protein may occur which can result in osteoporosis, anemia and poor health in general. Duodenal Switch patients should be dedicated to taking supplemental vitamins and minerals, consuming a high protein diet and having their blood tested each year.
This information has been provided by Dr. John Husted. To learn more about Dr. Husted, please visit http://www.johnhustedmd.com/.