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Foot drop after gastric bypass surgery

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 17, 2015 8:00:00 PM

foot drop after gastric bypass surgeryAt the time you have gastric bypass surgery, your bariatric surgeon will stress the importance of taking vitamins and supplementation for life after surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is a malabsorptive form of bariatric surgery, which means the procedure will prevent your body from absorbing excess calories. If you do not take the vitamins and supplements recommended by your surgeon or primary physician, you could be putting yourself at risk for experiencing one or more adverse side effects.

Foot drop is when loss of muscle control causes one or both feet and toes to hang or “drop” forward when you walk, making you more susceptible to trip and fall down frequently. Foot drop can occur as a result of experiencing rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery, or from experiencing malnutrition or nutritional deficiency due to lack of B vitamins. The condition is more common in weight-loss surgery patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, but can also happen to patients who have gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy surgeries.

A study published in the journal Obesity Surgery found that individuals who experience a rapid reduction of body weight are at higher risk for foot drop, especially patients who have gastric bypass surgery. However, as a bariatric surgery patient, you can reduce your risk for foot drop as long as you stay on top of maintaining your overall health through vitamins and supplementation.

A Mayo Clinic neurologist named P. James Dyck, MD, says that all bariatric patients who have gastric bypass surgery should be educated about the possible complications that could arise as a result of failing to take vitamins and supplements. A study led by Dyck showed that approximately 16 percent of the gastric bypass surgery patients involved with the study developed peripheral neuropathy later on in the months and years following surgery. Their conditions occurred due to not taking the recommended amount of vitamins, and failing to attend nutritional aftercare programs.

If you are overweight and are considering bariatric surgery to become thinner and healthier, keep in mind that the risks associated with surgery are far lower than the risks associated with staying overweight or obese. Weight-loss surgery has been proven to help overweight individuals reach their ideal body weight, and overcome one or more health problems associated with excess weight, such as high blood pressure, joint pain and arthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, cancer, and more.

CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar. Content on our website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical treatment.

Topics: Bariatrics, CarePoint Health

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