Can my liver be bruised from gastric sleeve surgery?

by Sarena W.
(Reno, NV)

I was sleeved on Apr. 23rd. It was done laparoscopically. I had elevated liver enzymes prior to the procedure was was given the ok for surgery.

The first few days of recovery were fine other than some gas pains. My overall pain level was minimal; I had no vomiting and did not take any pain meds after leaving the hospital. I was there for 24 hours after surgery.

Eight days post op I went back to work at a desk job but was more comfortable standing. I wore an undergarment that day that helped to hold in my bloated belly, but I was comfortable.

After a few hours at work I noticed that the action of sitting then standing caused a pain on the right side of my abdomen that felt similar to a sore muscle.

I also feel a cramping pain in what feels like my stomach several times a day. It isn’t every time I eat or drink, or when I move, it seems to be random.

Other than these symptoms, and fatigue, I have felt fine. No vomiting, no diarrhea, my protein intake hasn’t been great (30-50gms daily) and my water intake could also be better (about 30oz per day). But I do worry about a damaged liver and the random pain.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA, Arcadia, California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Sarena,

Congrats on having your sleeve done!

If I am calculating correctly, you are about 3 and 1/2 months out from surgery. A bruised liver is unlikely at this point. You should not be having any specific abdominal pain at this time.

But certainly gas pains can cause some cramps, and any right upper quadrant pain could be your gallbladder, if you still have it. You definitely need to follow up with your surgeon so he can work up the new problem.

Good luck,
Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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by: Deborah

I was sleeved 11 4 17. Since then I have been experiencing excessive bruising specifically to the forearms and upper thigh areas. I wake up with bruises that were not there when I went to sleep. My purse causes bruises on my arms.

Carrying groceries causes bruising. I am on B-12 (2500mcg daily) I take my vitamins, I eat pretty good in very small portions several times a day. I can drink liquids all day long with no problems. This did not occur before the surgery and now I am 150 lbs lighter as well. I exercise and sleep pretty good. I just do not understand the bruising.

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