Stricture Plus Hosptial-Acquired Bacteria After Gastric Bypass Surgery

by Wendy
(Miramar, FL)

Stricture Example: This patient had undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 1 year prior to presenting with nausea, vomiting, and intolerance of oral food intake. An upper gastrointestinal examination shows a severe proximal anastomotic stricture (long arrow) with dilatation of the gastric pouch (short arrow). At surgery, the stricture was found to be caused by fibrosis.*

Stricture Example: This patient had undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 1 year prior to presenting with nausea, vomiting, and intolerance of oral food intake. An upper gastrointestinal examination shows a severe proximal anastomotic stricture (long arrow) with dilatation of the gastric pouch (short arrow). At surgery, the stricture was found to be caused by fibrosis.*

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I had gastric bypass surgery Sept. 2007. At first, everything seemed fine. After one week, I could not keep anything down and went back to the hospital.

Come to find out, I had a stricture. I was in the hospital 4 days until the stricture opened up on its own and I was able to keep liquid down. Went back home only to get very sick, cramping, diarrhea, weakness.

I was unaware that I had acquired Clostridium dificile, a bacteria commonly spread in hospitals, from my last visit. I was on and off heavy doses of antibiotics for 2 months until the C.diff subsided. I had a sigmoidoscopy and was diagnosed with pseudomembranous colitis due to the C.diff.

After all my complications, though, and not being WELL until January 2008, I would do it again. I went from 248 to 150 lbs. and now have plateaued at 160 lbs. My life is positively very different. I’ve learned to re-eat. But I also value my life more due to the complications that I endured in the beginning of my gastric bypass adventure.

Related Pages:
Bariatric Surgery Complications
Bariatric Surgery Risks – Mortality

*Image Example Not Related to this Specific Patient; Image Source: Applied Radiology. Bariatric imaging: Technical aspects and postoperative complications. Myrosia T. Mitchell. 2008. (URL: MDhttp://appliedradiology.mobi/uploadedfiles/Issues/2008/02/Articles/AR_02-08_Mitchell.pdf)

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