After Gastric Bypass I Feel Like I Have a Hair Ball in My Throat

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Paticia (a patient from Jacksonville, FL)

I had gastric bypass 1 month ago and now I feel like I have a hairball or cotton in my throat. Why is that?

Other than that, I am doing great.

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Patricia,

Glad you are doing well after your gastric bypass!The cotton or hair ball in your throat will likely be a temporary thing.

Certainly, after any surgery with a general anesthesia where one requires intubation (a tube placed in your airway), one may have a sore throat and irritation in the back of the throat. This may just be taking a while to get better.

You might also have a swollen uvula which can give you these symptoms. Again, this should go away with time.

As long as you are not vomiting you should be fine.

However, if these symptoms don't get better in the next week or so, you should have your surgeon send you to an ENT for a full exam.

Good luck with your weight loss journey.
Troy LaMar M.D.

los angeles bariatric surgeon

(click here for Dr. LaMar's full bio & contact info)

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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