Gastric bypass is associated with the following risks:

  • Leak from staple line or one of the two bowel connections- this is an early complication occurring in the first 2-4 weeks. It can require additional procedures to manage.
  • Bleeding from staple line, other internal organs, or incisions. This complication occurs in the first 24 hours and usually requires a return to the operating room.
  • Death- this is a rare complication after bypass surgery. Our current mortality rate for this procedure is 0%.
  • Hernias in small laparoscopic incisions.
  • Infections in small incisions- usually respond to antibiotics.
  • Blood clots in legs that can travel to lungs- compressive stockings, blood thinning agents, and early ambulation typically prevent these complications but they can still occur and require medicine to treat.
  • Ulcers in stomach- usually respond to medication.
  • Stricture or narrowing of connection between small bowel and pouch- this complication can require additional procedures to manage.
  • Internal hernia- bowel can get trapped in spaces created by moving the small bowel- usually requires surgery to manage.

This list includes the risks most common for patients but is not an exhaustive list.

Thomas

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.

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Nicole

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.

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Robert

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.

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Samantha

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.

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Eileen

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 put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs