Before 29 September, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
Patients must take a series of precautions to prevent sudden weight loss and avoid problems with nutrient absorption.
Gastric bypass surgery is an operation that connects the stomach to the small intestine. One of its side effects is the body not being able to absorb nutrients correctly.
“A stomach can be the size of a watermelon, and after the surgery, it can end up the size of a pear, which makes the individual reduce the amount of food they eat,” explained nutritionist Eliane Rosado. Rosado participated at the nutrition symposium that was held in September 2017 at the Faculty of Medicine of the National University of Colombia.
In order to prevent the body from rejecting nutrients and from suffering from other side effects such as hair loss and sun spots on the skin, Rosado explains that it is very important to begin long-term medical treatment that includes the support of a psychologist, nutritionist, endocrinologist and speech therapist (so that the patient improves how they chew their food), and a physical therapist to learn how to exercise properly.
On the rise
Due to the rise in obesity, the number of bypass surgeries is increasing in countries like the United States and Brazil.
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