Deep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clots)

There are many different potential gastric bypass complications, and lap band surgery risks. Some are more serious than others, and deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots, are certainly one of the more serious potential complications of bariatric surgery. Learn more about what they are and how they occur here.

Blood clots can form in the veins of the legs or pelvis (Deep vein thrombosis) after any major abdominal operation, making them serious gastric bypass complications that our patients should be aware of.    A clot that breaks free and floats to the lungs is called a pulmonary embolus and is a very dangerous occurrence.  We take many precautions against these gastric bypass and lap band surgery risks during your hospital visit to minimize the chance of  developing these clots including:  administering heparin (a blood thinner),  placing special boots on your legs (which has a massage like effect on your legs to prevent blood clots) , as well as having you walk as much as possible after surgery.

Arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible about the potential complications of bariatric surgery is a very important step of your journey. Feel free to continue exploring the rest of this area of our website, or call our office at 800.633.8446 with any questions you may have about gastric bypass complications or lap band surgery risks.