Disadvantages / Complications

As with all surgeries, there are risks. Your bariatric surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits to bariatric surgery and determine if you are an appropriate surgical candidate.



You may be eligible for weight loss surgery if:


  • Your BMI is 40 or more

  • Your BMI is 30 or more and you have one or more serious medical conditions associated with obesity

  • You have been overweight for more than 5 years

  • Your serious weight-loss attempts have had only short-term success

  • You are not suffering from any other diseases that may have cause your obesity

  • You are willing to continue being monitored by the specialist treating you

  • You do not drink alcohol in excess or use recreational drugs

important considerations

Bariatric surgery requires a patient to be well informed. The surgical risks and benefits is one aspect that a patient must discuss with their bariatric surgeon and team of dedicated professionals.  The second important consideration is the lifelong behavioral changes that will be necessary for long-term weight-loss.

The following are just a few points to consider about the Lapband, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass:


  1.     These bariatric procedures are in no way to be considered as cosmetic surgery.


  1. The surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision.
  2. A patient must discuss with their bariatric surgeon and dedicated team about realistic weight loss expectations.
  3. A decision to elect surgical treatment requires an assessment of the risk and benefit to the patient
  4. The bariatric surgery itself will not result in sustained weight loss.
  5. The success of weight loss surgery is dependent upon long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
  6. Problems may arise after surgery that may require reoperations.

complications and risks

As with any surgery, there are operative and long-term complications and risks associated with weight loss surgery; that should be discussed with your bariatric surgeon. Possible risks include, but are not limited to:

·         Bleeding

·         Complications due to anesthesia and medications

·         Deep vein thrombosis

·         Dehiscence

·         Infections

·         Leaks from staple line

·         Ulcers

·         Pulmonary problems

·         Spleen injury*

·         Stenosis

·         Reoperation

·         Nutritional deficiencies