Safety of surgery
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What are the chances that I develop complications after bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is as safe as some of the commonly performed surgeries. The 30-day complication rate of gastric bypass is 3.4% i.e. 3 in 100 people may develop any problems relating to this surgery.1

Although, the complications may rarely occur, it is important to know all the information before making a decision. Risks associated with bariatric surgery are:2

  • Hernia of abdomen
  • Chest pain
  • Collapsed lung – space between chest and lung fills with air
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Enlarged heart
  • Gallstones, inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Swelling in stomach or intestine
  • Stoma block – the small opening between the upper and lower stomach pouches develops a block
  • Stretching of the stomach
  • Vomiting and nausea

Consult a bariatric surgeon to know more about the risks of surgery.

Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.

Ref: 1. Gastric Bypass is as Safe as Commonly Performed Surgeries. Cleveland Clinic. [internet] 2014 [cited 2015 Dec 07] Available from:
2. REALIZE® Ethicon Endo-Surgery. [internet] [cited 2016 Jan 27] Available from: