Risks of Weight Loss Surgery
Risks of weight loss surgery will vary for each candidate. Therefore, each person should discuss any possible risks with a physician who is familiar with his/her medical history.
Risks for weight loss surgery may include:
- Surgical risk equivalent to open-heart surgery
- Early Complications: leak, bleeding, infection, anastomotic stricture, blood clots, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia
- Late Complications: ulcer, hernia, bowel obstruction, anemia, B12 and calcium deficiency, dumping syndrome
- Nutritional deficiencies
Special note: many patients have temporary hair loss; some patients complain of excess gas or occasional GI upset in the first few months