Bariatric Surgery in general, is a major procedure with many inherant risks including death. As patients consider bariatric surgery as an option to obesity, it's important to consult the risks with your bariatric surgeon. No two patients will incur the same levels of risks. Risks tend will increase as a patient's decreases.
Risks of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Bariatric surgery requires anesthesia which may have a bad allergic reaction to some individuals and may cause breathing problems. Gastric sleeve surgery can cause death, though it is rare.
General Surgery Risks
- Blood Clots
- Infection, is possible in the incision, lungs (pneumonia), bladder, and kidneys
- Blood Loss
- Heart Attack or stroke
- Stomach injury, or damage to intestines or close organs
- Stomach may leak
- Sutures could be rejected
- Stomach or intestines may become blocked or obstructed
Risks of Gastric Sleeve over time:
Sometimes risks can arise several days, weeks or even months after the surgery, and still be very serious. To reduce the risks patients are urged to follow your bariatric surgeons recommendations, especially diet, eating techniques and exercise.
One main risk that patients should be on the lookout for is when the stomach expands. When patients eat too much food the stomach can expand, which can permanently increase the stomach capacity. The new stomach is 85% smaller than before, so it's important to eat lite, sparing meals. Patients should also consider these risks:
- Malnutrition may result
- Anemia from low iron or vitamin b12 levels (bariatric surgery requires taking special supplements and vitamins)
- Kidney Stones
- Stomach capacity may increase
More Resources on Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery) - Read more about how gastric sleeve surgery works, the advantages, disadvantages and more.
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery Success Stories - Read some of ALighterMe's patient testimonials on gastric sleeve surgery.
- Gastric Sleeve Pricing - The cost of gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico can save you thousands.
- Side Effects of Gastric Sleeve Surgery - What are some uncomfortable side effects of gastric sleeve.
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