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Is Gastric Bypass safe?

Centers that perform more than 100 weight loss surgeries per year have a lower risk of complications. Gastric bypass surgery deaths are very rare, less than one in 200 people if the procedure is made by a highly experienced surgeon.

Gastric bypass is a non-reversible laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedure. Alongside the long-term benefits it has its own risks and complications.

Possible complications, which might occur with gastric bypass surgery:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Incision infection
  • Incision hernia
  • Blood clots
  • Anastamotic leak
  • Anastamotic ulcer
  • Anastamotic stricture
  • Gastritis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Stroke
  • Gallstones or gallbladder infections
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Kidney failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Internal bleeding
  • Protein deficiency
  • Mineral deficiency
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Psychological challenges
  • Death

Patients who decide to undergo weight loss surgery and are good candidates must be aware of these potential risks and complications and they nevertheless have to be aware of the benefits of this surgical weight loss procedure, which many times outweighed the risks and complications. Weight loss with gastric bypass is quick. Patients have the chance to lose 75-80 % of their excess weight. Comorbidities like hypertension and type two diabetes are likely to improve significantly. Patients who suffer from joint pain, asthma, sleep apnea, arthritis, reflux, fatigue or shortness of breath will experience a drastic improvement. 

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/