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I have a terrible time with excess bile after having my gall bladder removed. They say I am in the small percentage of those with extreme diarreha. I am considering Gastric Bypass and am concerneed what will happen to this excess bile. WellChol take care of my bile issue now, but I can't take it post Bariatric Surgery. Is my diarreha going to get worse better? Anyone else been through this?

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replied January 8th, 2010
Stomach, Ulcers, Gastric Bypass Answer A8982
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know whether diarrhea may get worse after bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery is a term encompassing all of the surgical treatments for morbid obesity, not just gastric bypasses. It is indicated for the surgical treatment of morbid obesity when the patient has been unable to achieve satisfactory and sustained weight loss by dietary efforts, and is suffering from co-morbid conditions which are either life-threatening or a serious impairment to the quality of life. Complications of this surgery are: infection of the incisions or of the inside of the abdomen (peritonitis, abscess), intra-abdominal or gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hernia, bowel obstruction, pulmonary embolism, anastomotic leakage, anastomotic stricture, anastomotic ulcer and dumping syndrome. Individuals who had this kind of surgery experience weight loss and a deficiency of vitamins, minerals, proteins and may develop pica and depression.

Given the data that you describe, the diarrhea that you are experiencing may be caused by food reduction or pills and tea consumption in order to reduce weight. If you have bariatric surgery you should consider following doctors orders about eating habits and food supplements. There is a possibility that you might experience the diarrhea again, because food will pass faster through your bowel.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about gastric bypass and the effects after the surgery.

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