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Committing to weight loss surgery is certainly not a decision to be taken lightly, and our team will work with you to evaluate whether or not bariatric surgery is right for you. With any surgery, you must consider your current health, medical history, and the complications and risks involved with the procedure you choose. At Foothills Weight Loss Specialists, our doctors will discuss what steps can be taken to decrease your risk of complications, as well as which complications you may be more prone to.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has stated that the general risks and complications below are associated with bariatric surgery.

Risks associated with surgery can include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Leaks in your gastrointestinal system
  • Death (rare)

In the long term, it is important to monitor your health and be aware of signs that indicate a problem. Depending on which type of surgical procedure you undergo, your health, and your risk status, some complications may include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Dumping syndrome
    • This condition is a risk for patients who have Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. “Dumping Syndrome” may happen as the result of rapid emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine. Sometimes, this can be triggered when you consume excessive sugar or food- another reason why it is crucial to follow your post-surgical diet guidelines from your doctor. Generally, dumping syndrome is not considered a serious risk to your health, however, it can result in nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness and, on occasion, diarrhea after eating.
  • Gallstones
  • Hernias
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Malnutrition
    • A chronic anemia due to Vitamin B12 deficiency may occur for some patients. However, with nutrition guidance from our team, as well as Vitamin B12 supplements or injects, this complication can typically be managed. Poor absorption of iron and calcium can also be a concern, particularly for those with anemia predisposition or female patients who experience chronic blood loss during menstruation.
  • Stomach perforation
  • Ulcers
  • Vomiting
  • Death (rare)

To discuss your potential risks and complications, schedule a consultation with our doctors. You can also learn more about the specific risks, advantages, and disadvantages associated with each type of procedure we offer here.