A Brief Introduction To Dumping Syndrome

Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery includes several types of procedures performed on people who have obesity. This is done by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through the removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch.

Weight loss surgery is an effective one. It’s not a temporary solution to weight reduction rather a permanent one. However, there are some complications the patients have to go through after the surgery. One of them is dumping syndrome. So let’s know in details about this after surgery complication called dumping syndrome.

Dumping Syndrome

You can get dumping syndrome after you have surgery to remove part or all of your stomach, or if you have stomach bypass surgery for weight loss. The problem occurs when food moves too quickly from your stomach into the first part of your small intestine after you eat. This causes symptoms like cramps and diarrhea within a few minutes to a few hours after you’ve eaten.

There are two types of dumping syndrome. The types are based on when your symptoms begin:

Early dumping syndrome: This happens 10-30 minutes after you eat. About 75 percent of people with dumping syndrome have this type. Early symptoms of dumping syndrome include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea.

Late dumping syndrome: Happens 1-3 hours after you eat. About 25 percent of people with dumping syndrome have this type. The symptoms of the same include weakness, dizziness, sweating, hunger, fatigue, fast heart rate, shaking and confusion.

Each type of dumping syndrome has different symptoms. Some people have both early and late dumping syndrome. After your weight loss surgery, if you face this complication, it’s not that you can you can’t get rid of it. You can easily treat dumping syndrome by making a few following changes to your diet:

  • Eat five to six smaller meals throughout the day instead of three big meals.
  • Avoid or limit sugary foods like soda, candy, and baked goods.
  • Eat more protein from foods like chicken, fish, peanut butter, and tofu.

Add more fiber to your diet. Switch from simple carbohydrates like white bread and pasta to whole grains like oatmeal and whole wheat. You can also take fiber supplements. The extra fiber will help sugar and other carbohydrates get absorbed more slowly in your intestines.

  • Don’t drink fluids within 30 minutes before or after meals.
  • Chew your food completely before you swallow to make it easier to digest.

Either way, it contributes towards the overall objective of weight loss surgery.

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