Risks to be Aware of with Bariatric Surgery

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Posted: December 26th, 2016

If you have been struggling to lose weight and cannot do so on your own, you may benefit from bariatric surgery. However, bariatric surgery carries certain risks that you should understand before you agree to undergo the procedure. Below is a discussion of some of the risks you may face.

Immediate Risks

The immediate risks of bariatric surgery are risks arising from the procedure itself. Like most surgeries, bariatric surgery can lead to adverse reactions to anesthesia, excessive bleeding or infection. Patients may also develop blood clots, gastrointestinal leaks or problems with the lungs during or immediately after this procedure. Although rare, bariatric surgery may sometimes result in death. Most of these complications can be treated easily before you leave the hospital, although some may develop after you have been discharged. Complications that develop after discharge may require outpatient treatment or readmission.

Long-Term Risks and Complications

Even if the procedure is successful and causes no problems initially, some patients experience long-term complications from bariatric surgery. Some of these complications including malnutrition, low blood sugar, hernias, gallstones, ulcers, and stomach perforation. Some patients may also experience more frequent vomiting, develop bowel obstructions or deal with dumping syndrome, which is a syndrome that causes vomiting and diarrhea. In the worst cases, severe long-term complications of bariatric surgery can lead to the death of the patient.

How to Learn More About Long Island Bariatric Surgery

Although the potential risks of bariatric surgery can be frightening, most patients come through surgery without significant problems. Furthermore, if you are struggling with obesity, bariatric surgery can give you the jump start you need to start losing weight and living a healthier life. If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, please contact Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors today to schedule an appointment. After performing an exam, reviewing your medical history and discussing your weight loss goals, we will help you decide whether bariatric surgery is the right option for you.