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October 07th, 2011 By Jeremy Korman

How Long Does it Take your Stomach Bloat to Go Away after Weight Loss Surgery?

When surgeons perform modern weight loss surgery, they do so with laparoscopic instruments. This means that rather than open up the entire abdominal cavity for operation, they use small tools inserted through slits in the abdomen. Because the abdomen is not open for view, the doctor sees inside the abdomen with a laparoscope, or a small camera that transmits video to a monitor.

How Does the Laparoscope Work?

To effectively see inside the abdomen, the doctor has to create space. Normally, the abdominal wall is right up against the stomach and other internal organs. When a surgeon performs laparoscopic weight loss surgery, he “insufflates” the abdomen with a gas that is harmless to the body, usually carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide can be absorbed by the body, and you get rid of it simply by breathing out. It is also non-flammable; because the surgeon uses electric instruments, this is essential. Good insufflation is important because without it, the risk of internal cuts is higher.

Sometimes, insufflation can cause discomfort in the body after surgery. This can come with bloating: even though they are losing fat, some patients notice that the abdomen expands after surgery. There can also be swelling near the saline-induction port, in the case of lap-band surgery. Typically this will go away in a few days but it can last several weeks. This type of bloating is a known effect of weight loss surgery, is temporary, and is generally not medically dangerous. You should contact your doctor if you notice anything that concerns you after surgery.

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If you want to learn more about weight loss surgery or are concerned with stomach bloat after weight loss surgery, contact our office and one of our staff members will be able to assist you.

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By Jeremy Korman