Complications and Risks of Weight Loss Surgery

Complications and Risks of Weight Loss Surgery

Once you have made the decision to have your surgery at Danbury Hospital, you can feel confident that you’ve made the best choice. We have an excellent record of success. We have exceeded national standards regarding safety, outcomes, and long-term success. We offer a comprehensive program of support that will help you to maintain your new healthy weight long after your surgery. Talk to your doctor to learn more about the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital.

Risks and Complications of Bariatric Surgery

For all its benefits, bariatric surgery should be considered a last resort for achieving weight loss. You and your doctor should first consider all other options. While there are risks associated with this procedure, these should be evaluated in light of the health risks and decreased life expectancy of obesity. Your doctor must determine if you are an appropriate surgical candidate.

Possible Complications and Risks

As with all surgery, there are operative and long-term complications and risks associated with weight loss surgical procedures. These should be discussed with your doctor. Possible risks include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Leaks from staple line breakdown
  • Deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism
  • Ulcers
  • Stenosis (scar tissue)
  • Complications due to anesthesia and medications

Even if your surgeon plans to do your bariatric surgery using laparoscopic techniques, you should be aware that there is always a risk that open surgery will be required.

Important Considerations

Surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all other options. The proper approach to weight loss surgery requires discussion and careful consideration of the following with your doctor:

  • These procedures should not be considered as cosmetic surgery.
  • The surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision.
  • A decision to elect surgical treatment requires an assessment of the risk and benefit to the patient and the meticulous performance of the appropriate surgical procedure.
  • The success of weight loss surgery is dependent upon long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
  • Problems may arise after surgery that may require re-operations.

The first step toward the success of surgical treatment is always the setting of realistic goals. Then you and your doctor can discuss which of the well-designed and tested procedures will be the best tool to help you meet them.

For More Information

If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, talk to your primary care physician about Danbury Hospital, call 1-800-516-3657 for more information, or attend a free event and learn more about losing weight through bariatric surgery and if it’s right for you.