How to Prevent Dumping Syndrome

WeightWise Bariatric Program is comprised of Oklahoma City weight loss surgeons who serve patients in many of the surrounding states.

It already has an unpleasant-sounding name, and the feeling associated with dumping syndrome certainly lives up to the expectation associated with it.

Weight loss surgery comes with a certain level of risk for dumping syndrome. This digestive disorder may happen after the stomach has been surgically bypassed or a portion has been removed in a gastric procedure. Also referred to as rapid gastric emptying, when “dumping” occurs, the undigested contents of your stomach are sent into your small intestine too rapidly.

Patients will usually experience symptoms within 30 minutes of eating a meal. Symptoms will range from mild to severe, including:

- Increased heart rate

- Abdominal pain or cramping 

- Nausea or vomiting

- Severe diarrhea

- Flush face 

- Feeling full

- Dizziness

- Confusion

Some symptoms can occur several hours later, including sweating, dizziness, confusion, and even fainting.

Dumping syndrome will usually improve without intervention in time. In order to prevent it from happening or reoccurring, there are certain foods to avoid and include in your diet.

- Avoid sweets, alcohol and dairy. This can help reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.

- Don’t eat solid food with liquids

- Lower your simple carbohydrate carb intake, and favor complex carbs

- Chew food thoroughly

- Make sure you get ample vitamins and minerals

While symptoms can cause a wide range of discomfort levels, none are life-threatening. While medical treatment is usually easy to avoid, in some instances you may be prescribed medication or surgery. 


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