Almost 90% Gastric Bypass Patients Feel Better After Surgery Interview with:
Dr. Sigrid Bjerge Gribsholt

MD, PhD Student
Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital
8000 Aarhus C

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Based on our clinical experiences we became aware that surgical, medical and nutritional symptoms were common in this group of patients. To enlighten the prevalence and severity we decided to undertake the study. Our main findings include that 88% of the patients felt better or much better than before surgery and 8% felt worse. Furthermore, we found that 68% of the patients had been in contact with the health care system.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Some of the nutritional complications such as anemia, dumping and hypoglycemia may present with rather unspecific symptoms and may easily be overlooked as complications after gastric bypass by e.g. the GPs. Thus, more education of the GPs may help to diagnose these complications at an earlier stage which will help the patients since these complications are generally treatable as soon as the condition is diagnosed.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We suggest that alternative methods to the classic gastric bypass would be advisable for the future e.g. sleeve gastrectomy or other bariatric procedures which may have a high priority in research in this area.


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Dr. Sigrid Bjerge Gribsholt (2016). Almost 90% Gastric Bypass Patients Feel Better After Surgery 

Last Updated on January 10, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD