Bariatric surgery and its types
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What are the risks of bariatric surgery?

The risk of bariatric surgery is the same as that of some of the most commonly performed surgeries.1

As with any surgical procedure, there can be potential risks and complications that can occur with surgery. These complications may rarely occur, but it is important to know all the information before making a decision. Some of the 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 18] Available at: