After gastric bypass surgery in 4/08, I had a complication that caused me to be out of work for 7 weeks instead of the scheduled one week. For most of the week post-op, i had been vomiting bile and was initially sent home from the hospital on day 4 post-op even after explaining to the nurse i was having abdominal pain (she said it was normal gas). However, ireturned later that day completely dehydrated. the doctor determined during a second surgery (1 week after surgery) that he had pulled a portion of my intestine through my incision. he dislodged the intestine, but I aspirated gastric bile during surgery and ended up with aspiration pneumonia. I was in the hospital a total of 14 days and critically ill for a good part of it. I have no long-lasting effects that i know of.
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