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Bariatric Surgery

Side Effects of Bariatric Surgery

While weight loss surgery can greatly improve a patient’s overall health, the side effects of bariatric surgery can be serious. It’s important to weigh the long-term health benefits and the potential side effects before undergoing this procedure.

As a more recently developed treatment, the list of side effects of bariatric surgery is not fully known. General surgical risks associated with all major surgeries must be considered as well as these potential risks from weight loss surgery:
•    Infection
•    Blood clots
•    Pneumonia
•    Bleeding ulcer
•    Gallstones
•    Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
•    Hernia
•    Nausea, obstruction when food is not well-chewed
•    Poor nutrition
•    Scarring in the abdomen
•    Vomiting when too much is eaten
•    Narrowing of the new stomach (sleeve gastrectomy)
•    Temporary kidney failure

For many patients with morbid obesity, the health advantages of surgery can outweigh the potential side effects of bariatric surgery. It’s important to speak to your doctor to learn as much as possible about the risks in order to make an informed decision.

Locations for Bariatric Surgery