Anastomosis Remodeling in Illinois

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Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective treatments for obese individuals. It provides significant and substantial weight loss for patients looking to meet their weight-loss goals. This surgery reduces the size of the stomach by utilizing sutures or staples to create a new anastomosis (connection) between the stomach and intestines so a section of the GI tract can be bypassed. While outcomes are often excellent, there are some issues that can occur, such as anastomotic stenosis, marginal ulcers, or anastomotic leakage, which could require anastomosis remodeling. To learn more about anastomosis remodeling after bariatric surgery in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Normal, IL, contact your nearest GI Alliance of Illinois location to request a consultation.

Anastomotic stenosis could be caused by scarring, inadequate blood supply, and certain types of surgical staples. Often, anastomotic stenosis occurs about 3 – 4 weeks after bariatric surgery. Additional practices that increase your risk of developing stenosis are smoking and using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. You may be a good candidate for anastomosis remodeling if you've experienced one or more of the below-listed symptoms:

  • Difficulty eating certain foods
  • Feeling full in the upper or middle abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing

For additional information on anastomosis remodeling in Illinois, contact your nearest GI Alliance of Illinois location.

Your stenosis could be treated through endoscopy using a special GI balloon. After passing the endoscope through the area of your stenosis, we will inflate the balloon and stretch the opening back to its normal size. Sometimes, however, surgical intervention is needed.

A superficial erosion will be present if there is a marginal ulcer at the anastomosis. If this occurs, you may experience pain when food enters your stomach. Marginal ulcers may be treated at GI Alliance of Illinois with antacids or sucralfate liquid, which is used to form a protective layer around your ulcer. In other more severe cases, the ulcer could bleed and perforate, which will likely require emergency surgery.

An anastomotic leak, on the other hand, is a pretty severe complication that has a high morbidity rate and could require a longer hospital stay. This occurs when anastomosis breaks down and is typically detected within about five days of bariatric surgery. Typically, the main treatment for this is suturing this irregularity. However, if the leak is discovered more than five days after surgery, we will likely perform operative drainage with gastrostomy tube placement. If you've had bariatric surgery and have or suspect you may have anastomosis, contact your nearest Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Normal, IL, GI Alliance of Illinois location to request a consultation and see if anastomosis remodeling is needed.

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If you are thinking about bariatric surgery or have recently had bariatric surgery, let GI Alliance of Illinois work with you along your weight-loss journey. Our experienced providers can help with any post-bariatric surgery concerns or issues that may pop up, one common one being anastomosis remodeling. Our team and this procedure can help you meet your gastrointestinal needs so you can have a successful bariatric surgery experience. For more information on how we can help, contact your nearest Illinois location today.

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