Dumping syndrome: causes, symptoms, and what can be done
Dumping syndrome can occur after someone has a portion of their stomach removed or bypassed (such as the gastric sleeve surgery). The symptoms can be uncomfortable and concerning but there are simple modifications that can lead to improvements.
This article will explain what dumping syndrome is, what causes it to occur, which symptoms you should be aware of, and what you should do if you are experiencing symptoms.
What is dumping syndrome?
Dumping syndrome is a group of symptoms that can occur after eating in people who have had gastric surgery. This may include someone who has had a gastrectomy (removal of a portion of the stomach), esophagectomy (removal of a portion of esophagus), or bariatric surgery.
The most common bariatric surgeries that can lead to dumping syndrome include the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and the gastric sleeve (GS).
The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms are related to the uncontrolled manner in which food moves from the stomach quickly into the small intestine.
Most people can expect some dumping syndrome symptoms after RYGB since there is a bowel bypass component of the surgery. However, dumping syndrome also can occur after the GS procedure.
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