In acute bleeding, blood loss can be from the fresh staple lines that were made during a gastric bypass or the sleeve gastrectomy, from inadvertent injury to the spleen, or injury to one of the many blood vessels located in and around the surgical area.  Bleeding from these various sources can usually be stopped but in extremely rare cases, as in an injury to the spleen, the spleen may have to be removed to stop the bleeding.  In the extremely rare event of having to remove the spleen, a person can live without a spleen but will have to receive a vaccine after the spleen is removed.

The second type of bleed that can happen after Roux En Y Gastric Bypass or a Sleeve is a GI Bleed:  A GI bleed (gastrointestinal bleed) is when bleeding occurs anywhere along the GI tract and usually presents with vomiting blood or blood in the stool.  A GI bleed is another one of the uncommon Roux En Y Gastric Bypass Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy complications.  Gastrointestinal bleeding in patients who have undergone Roux En Y Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy may occur in the esophagus, gastric pouch, new Sleeve shaped stomach, the Roux limb just distal to the anastomosis, the remainder of the small intestine or even in the colon or rectum.  The source of bleeding can usually be determined and stopped by undergoing an endoscopy, (using a camera that either is passed through the mouth or the anus).  Even more rarely, an operation may be required to stop the bleeding.

Learn more about additional gastric bypass complications by exploring this section of our website, or by requesting more information by calling the New York Bariatric Group at 800-633-THIN.

New York Bariatric Group logo


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

Listen to Thomas’ testimonial


Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

Listen to Nicole’s testimonial


Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

Listen to Robert’s testimonial


Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

Listen to Samantha’s testimonial


Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you p