Obesity Surgery

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 680–683

Narcotic Addiction Following Gastric Bypass Surgery—A Case Study

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11695-010-0177-0

Cite this article as:
Wendling, A. & Wudyka, A. OBES SURG (2011) 21: 680. doi:10.1007/s11695-010-0177-0


Addictive behavior following gastric bypass surgery is widely discussed in the lay press, but published reports provide conflicting evidence regarding the prevalence of postoperative substance abuse among bariatric surgery patients. We present a case report of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patient who presented with recurrent and various pain and nausea complaints postoperatively. These symptoms resulted in multiple radiological and operative procedures before her narcotic addiction was identified. Physicians caring for bariatric surgical patients postoperatively need to be aware of this risk and need to be able to identify early signs of potential postoperative addictions.


Narcotic addiction Bariatric surgery Postoperative complications 

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Michigan State University College of Human MedicineCharlevoixUSA
  2. 2.Wayne State University Medical SchoolBirminghamUSA

Personalised recommendations