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Doctor Explaining The Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Risks of Bariatric Surgery

No Surgery Should be Taken LightlyDoctor Explaining The Risks of Bariatric Surgery

If you’ve decided to go ahead with a bariatric surgery, you and your doctor have decided that this is a good option for you. Bariatric surgery, for some, is both life-changing, and life-saving: with the technology available, surgeries and healing times are both shorter, but being able to take control of your life, and control of your body, is what everyone is seeking when they choose to have a procedure. Like any surgery, though, there are risks, and medical risks should never be taken lightly. Even surgeries whose sole purpose is to help you become healthier over time should be approached and done with extreme caution – though the possibility is low, something can go wrong during surgery, or after, and it’s always best to be informed of your risks and risk factors. Some people over a certain age or under a certain stature may be at greater risk for complications than others, so be sure that you and your doctor have spent the necessary time talking about your risk factors, and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Excessive Bleeding During the Procedure

With bariatric surgery, the risks are generally low, and doctors usually understand this. Bleeding is part of any procedure, but bloodflow should always be closely monitored during surgery. If your surgeon can’t control the flow of blood, especially if you have another condition that affects your blood clotting ability, or you are on blood thinners, your surgeon will have to take special precautions to protect you.

Gastrointestinal Leaks

This risk isn’t a surprise to many people, given the nature of bariatric surgery. Some surgeries involve removing part of the stomach, so it is possible that the doctor may encounter some difficulty while doing this for you. If you experience fever, a rapid heartbeat, abdominal pain, or chest pain after your bariatric surgery, get in touch with your medical team immediately.


It is possible to strain yourself after surgery. Though bariatric surgery has a quick turnaround between the procedure and a full recovery, it’s always important to take your time getting back into the swing of things – for people active before surgery, it is recommended that you spend at least two weeks away from intense physical activity to give your body plenty of time to finish recovering.


This is probably the most wide-experienced symptom of bariatric surgery. With what is essentially a brand-new stomach, it isn’t possible to immediately go back to eating normally. Many people accidentally over-indulge at their first meal after surgery, and end up seeing their breakfast again! If the vomiting is excessive, contact your doctor, but your surgeon will give you some guidelines on what is normal.


Part of your recovery is adjusting to a much healthier diet, and adjusting to getting all of the nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. Malnutrition can happen if your stomach is not digesting properly, but it can also happen if you are choosing unhealthy foods to eat. Your medical weight loss center should be able to provide some guidance to you concerning your diet, and help you eat better to live better.