Bariatric Surgery Complications

Are you considering having a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, an adjustable gastric band, or a sleeve gastrectomy? If so, it's important to understand that any medical weight loss procedure can lead to bariatric surgery complications.

Some of the risks related to weight loss surgery are similar to any operation that involves the use of general anesthesia, incisions, and postoperative wounds. These can include:

  • Blood loss (hemorrhaging)
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Shock (related to blood loss, sepsis, or pulmonary embolism)
  • Low postoperative urine output/dehydration/urinary retention
  • Nausea and vomiting (as a reaction to the anesthesia)
  • Pain
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/blood clots
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate and/or elevated blood pressure during the procedure

The risk of experiencing complications from any type of surgical procedure depends on several factors, including:

  • The age and overall health of the patient
  • Whether the patient has pre-existing problems related to their cardiovascular system or breathing
  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or other factors that can slow the healing process

Possible Complications From Weight-Loss Surgery

Bariatric surgery complications and postoperative problems may include:

  • Constipation
  • Dumping Syndrome, which includes diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting
  • Poor absorption of nutrients from food/malnutrition
  • Hair thinning and/or hair loss
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels)
  • Post-surgical lactose intolerance

It's impossible to completely eliminate the chances that a patient will experience one or more bariatric surgery complications. However, patients can minimize their risk of having problems both during and after their weight-loss operation by carefully following all pre-operative instructions provided by the surgeon and the Clovis Community Weight-Loss Surgery Center bariatric team.

Even if bariatric surgery complications occur, many of these conditions are temporary. They can disappear within a few hours, days, or weeks after the procedure.

For More Information

To learn more about weight loss surgery and to discuss any concerns you might have regarding potential bariatric surgery complications, please contact us at 1-800-260-0663 to schedule a consultation with one of our medical weight loss experts.