Dumping Syndrome and Obesity Surgery

Dumping syndrome is the side-effect that commonly happens after obesity surgery. Dumping syndrome is usually experienced by about 85% of obesity surgery patients for a couple of weeks after the surgery. The range of the symptoms can vary from mild to severe.

According to obesity surgery doctor, dumping usually happens because of the poor choices of food right after the surgery. It is caused by ingestion of sugars due to intake of high fructose corn syrup or high glycemic carbohydrates. Dumping syndrome can also happen on consumption of fried foods, fatty foods, and dairy products.

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The dumping effect occurs in two folds, which can either be bad and good. The advantage is- if it keeps repeating after eating the mentioned foods, the patient will not want to eat those again. This mechanism is called negative reinforcement. These food acts an as contributing factor to gain weight and experiencing dumping syndrome kind of ensures that the patient would to for those stuffs anymore in future.

The disadvantage is that this entire dumping syndrome experience will be awful. And it can also induce few other issues, which becomes quite frightening and hard to handle. It also brings physiologic consequences for short time period, says obesity surgery doctor.

There are two kinds of dumping that one might experience. First kind is ‘early dumping’ occurs from 30 to 60 minutes after eating. Symptoms for the same are audible bowels sounds, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, upper abdominal fullness, desire to lie down, palpitations, tachycardia, lightheadedness, flushing, and sweating. The second kind is ‘late dumping’ that occurs after 1 to 3 hours after eating. The symptoms of late dumping are connected to reactive hypoglycemia or low blood sugar such as fainting or passing out, hunger, loss of concentration, shakiness, and sweating.

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Early dumping occurs as an outcome of quick emptying of carbohydrates or sugar from the gastric pouch into the small intestine, which simultaneously affects the heart rate, blood pressure, flushing sensation, rapid heart rate and skin flushing. The symptoms of late dumping are connected to the insulin that has been enhanced after oral glucose which is completed with low blood sugar.

The dumping syndrome diagnosis is done by evaluating the patient’s diet chart. Early dumping is quite easy to manage. By eliminating food that consists high glycemic carbohydrates, refined sugars, or a couple of other foods is usually sufficient. The late dumping can be managed by consuming a little amount of sugar usually one hour after a meal.

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