Bariatric surgery – also called weight loss surgery – isn’t as easy as it’s always made out to be. It’s not an ‘easy’ route to weight loss; it’s actually very tough, and it comes with a whole loads of risks. If you’re not fully aware of what you’re risking by undergoing bariatric surgery, then you really shouldn’t be doing it.
These complications can occur in just about any bariatric surgery – we can’t second-guess whether it will or won’t happen, and it’s nothing to do with sloppy surgery; sometimes, things just don’t turn out the way we hope. This isn’t supposed to put you off surgery, but we do want all of our patients to be fully aware of the risks they’re accepting when they choose a procedure.
Risks and complications of bariatric surgery include:
- Death – not to start you off on a downer…
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Gastrointestinal Tract Leak
- Conversion to Open Procedure
- Bowel Obstruction
- Low Blood Sugars (Hypoglycemia)
- Kidney Problems
There are many more, some of which are associated with the problems your body might have when it starts taking in much less food after surgery than it did before. Some of these risks – like infections – come with just about every surgery under the sun, and some are specific to bariatric surgery.
This isn’t to say that the surgery is dangerous; if that were the case, it wouldn’t be approved! Most people come out of bariatric surgery absolutely fine, with a bright new future ahead of them. However, it’s a big, life-changing surgery – and we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you the risks.