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Is Gastric Sleeve safe?

Yes, it has been demonstrated that gastric sleeve surgery is a safe and also effective procedure for losing weight. Being one of the newest and approved surgeries for weight loss it has quickly caught the attention of physicians and patients.

The surgeon performing the surgery will discuss with the bariatric patients both the benefits and risks of this procedure on the first consultations right after choosing together with the patient the most suitable surgical weight loss procedure.

Possible risks and complications with the vertical gastric sleeve procedure:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incisional hernia
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Blood clots
  • Staple line leakage
  • Respiratory problems
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Heartburn
  • Deep-vein thrombosis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Death

The gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy is a relatively new surgical weight loss procedure, information about its long-term effects are very few.

Sleeve gastrectomy efficiently restricts the amount of the food intake and controls hunger as well. Some of the advantages of this procedure:

  • No malabsorption
  • No nutritional deficiencies
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Does not require a medical implant (gastric band) or adjustments
  • Food cannot get stuck on the way to the stomach 

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