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Re: Vaso-Vagal Reflex and Gastric Bypass

From: Caroline


Hi Janet :) Gosh, I could have written your question myself. I have RNY Gastric Bypass 14 months ago and have been dealing with severe dizziness including fainting spells since about 6 months postop. I run a YahooGroup called GastricBypass-PostOp, and yes, this does, indeed, seem to be a common experience by many postops. For some, it can be related to blood sugar, others may experience dizziness and drops in blood pressure if they are still being treated for HBP following their surgery. For me, VVS is strongly suspected and my primary care dr thinks that somehow the surgery affected the vagus nerve and vaso-vagal tone. (though my surgeon says he takes care not to cut the vagus nerve during gastric bypass surgeries. I have a tilt table test scheduled for tomorrow morning and will keep you posted as to how it goes and if I get any other info.

In response to: Has anyone found any information regarding VV and gastric bypass? I never blacked out until I had this surgery and am now blacking out every day, for athe past 3 years. There are others that had the gasttric bypass that are doing the same thing. Is anyone aware of the nerve being cut or nicked and bringing on vaso-vagal in this manner? Email me at SJLSEMAIL@AOL.COM

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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