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Gastric sleeve complications, how risky is it?

Gastric sleeve complications, how risky is it?
July 3, 2018 admin

Gastric sleeve complications, how risky is it?

Although the surgery is very safe, some potential complications include:

  • Staple line leaks
  • Bleeding
  • Stenosis/strictures
  • Digestion issues
  • Sagging skin from rapid weight loss

Thankfully, these are very rare and usually not life threatening. The procedure has a survival rate of 99.8%, and there are several ways to reduce risk of complications.
Compare the 0.19% mortality rate of the gastric sleeve to other well-known procedures:

  • Gallbladder removal: 0.15% mortality rate.
  • Hip replacement: 0.29% mortality rate.
  • Cesarean section (“C-Section”): 0.40% mortality rate.

In other words, gastric sleeve is about as risky as gallbladder surgery and a lot less risky than a hip replacement or a C-section.
Many potential gastric sleeve complications can be completely avoided with the right behavior, including:

  • Pick a good surgeon and follow their advice to the letter.
  • Educate yourself ahead of time about what to expect.
  • Educate your family and friends.
  • Lose as much weight as possible prior to surgery.
  • Eat the right gastric sleeve diet in the months leading up to surgery.
  • Get tested for sleep apnea syndrome several weeks before surgery (and address the issue if it exists before moving forward).
  • Plan for at least 2 weeks of recovery time.
  • Exercise right away after surgery, but take it easy at first.

 

Take action to reduce the risk of a blood clot, including the use of:

Compression stockings
Pneumatic compression devices
Blood thinners after surgery

Have an effective support system of friends, family, and weight loss surgery support groups.

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