Risks of Surgery

Weight loss surgery is relatively low risk. Acadiana Weight Loss takes all precautions to reduce the risks of complications, but no surgical procedure is 100% risk free.

Bariatric surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have explored all other options. As with any surgery, there may be immediate and long-term complications and risks. Discuss the benefits and risks with your healthcare team.The best approach to bariatric surgery calls for a discussion of the following.

  • Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery.  
  •  Bariatric surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or surgical removal    Together, you and your doctor should discuss the benefits and risks.
  • You must commit to long-term lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, which are key to the success of bariatric surgery.
  • Complications after surgery may require further operations.
  • Patients who underwent bariatric surgery have significantly reduced rates of developing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, endocrinological disorders, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, psychiatric disorders, and pulmonary disorders.

Below are some of the common risks associated with weight loss surgery:

  • There have been small incidences of wound infection, respiratory problems, blood clots, ulcers, spleen injury, complications from anesthesia and medications, gallstones, or stenosis.
  • Nutritional deficiencies can occur, but they can be avoided by taking vitamins and minerals and having follow up lab work done regularly after surgery.
  • A very small percentage of patients may develop a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lungs), respiratory failure, bleeding, or a gastrointestinal leak. Our surgeons and nurses take every possible step before, during, and after surgery to prevent these complications, but they can still occur in rare cases.
  • A very small percentage of patients may require follow-up operations in the future.
  • The approximate risk of death is 0.5% of patients undergoing weight loss surgery in the United States.


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