As with any other medical documentation, this is merely a list of what I have found and this is not a complete list of what could happen. Always talk to your doctor any time you feel that you may be experiencing an unusual side effect from an operation.
Contract A Virus In The Hospital
Any time that you are a patient in the hospital, you face a chance that you could contract a viral infection from the hospital itself. This is common is patients with weakened immune systems. One such example is a patient who contracted viral pneumonia while in the hospital for DS urgery. In this case it was diagnosed six week post-operative from their DS surgery. The patient was immediately treated with several rounds of antibiotics before receiving two doses of Zithromax (Z-Pack) which killed the virus and he never experienced a bronchial problem again.
Bowel Problems and Hernias
Another Patient developed a hernia while attempting to add weights to their routine exercise program that they had started a while after their operation. A hernia is protrusion of an organ or the muscular wall of an organ through the cavity that normally contains it. It usually develops in the abdomen. While this could happen at any time, in this case, the patient he should have consulted his doctor and had an evaluation before attempting to add extra weight to his body’s work load. Bowel obstruction and rectal prolapsed are some other complaints that this patient reported on. Both of these complications required emergency surgery to correct.
Feeling Cold After Surgery
Dr. Zahriya has reported that some patients complain of feeling cold regardless of the temperature around them in the post surgery environment. While they say there is still a lot of study going on about this complication they have come up with a basic explanation for why this happens. There are hormones in our body that regulate our body temperature. These hormones are located in the same place (hypothalamus) where the hormones that control obesity reside. The hormones act via the endocrine system affecting thyroid and cortisol levels which in turn affect the metabolic rate and body temperature. Low fat diets have been found to cause a higher body temperature as well. The increased body temperature results in feeling cold, just like cold chills from a high fever.
Problems with Birth Control
Another patient mentioned that birth control pills typically may not work correctly after the DS process. Thankfully there are several useable alternatives to the pill to help prevent unwanted pregnancies that patients can talk to their doctors about before the surgery. One thing not as easily fixed was her random menstrual cycle. It appears that the surgery has thrown her periods out of sequence. She stated that she had her cycle starting and stopping at random times throughout the months following the operation.
In conclusion, it seems that, considering the process involved in the DS surgery, the most common complication are ultimately mild for patients compared to the potential problems they could face if they opted not to have the Duodenal Switch done.