Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a relatively common short-term issue for new gastric sleeve patients. In the first year after surgery, about 20% of patients experience it, but that rate drops to around 3% after 3 years (8).
Other potential gastric sleeve side effects include (9) (10):
- Indigestion (Dyspepsia)
- Intolerance to certain foods
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vitamin and mineral deficiency
Most gastric sleeve patients lose weight very quickly after surgery – as much as 70% of excess weight in the first year. Since most patients’ skin has been stretched out for so long, it is unable to “bounce back.” The result is sagging skin.
In addition to being embarrassing, sagging skin can cause health, hygiene, and lifestyle issues such as:
- Difficulty getting dressed
- Difficulty exercising, which may impact long-term weight maintenance and health
- Skin fold rashes or breakdown of skin
- Skin fold infections
Body-contouring undergarments may be enough to solve the issue. For more serious cases, plastic surgery is needed to remove the extra skin.
See our Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss page for more information.