Complications & Dangers of Sleeve Gastrectomy


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Complications and dangers can occur with the sleeve gastrectomy procedure however the requirements which are set out which qualify you for surgery are there to ensure your health and safety throughout. Sometimes however complications and dangers may arise even if every rule is followed. You will need to ensure that you are as honest as possible when informing your doctor, nurses and surgeon about your family medical history, and that you follow all advice given to you seriously and strictly. This will as much as possible reduce complications occurring. If however you are to run into complication, you will be in professional hands and anything should be dealt with as rapidly as possible, you will need to ensure that complications are covered in the aftercare package both within the UK and abroad, if surgery is completed abroad you should ensure that there is somewhere for you to visit in your home country if anything happens. You should familiarise yourself with the types of complications and dangers which are possible, and with that it should assist as you will be able to determine that something is wrong if you are to experience anything.

What might occur?

There is a possibility that you could have some sort of allergic reaction to the anaesthesia used for surgery, and as with most surgery there will be a risk of death, statistics show that 1 in every 225 patients do not survive either the operation or the months following the operation. Often this is down to factors which can’t be helps, but as long as you provide as much information as possible and are honest about your medical history as well as ready and willing to attend all checks and medical tests needed, the chance of this will be as reduced as possible. You may also encounter a risk of a stroke or heart attack during surgery, or the development of blood clots or infection following surgery. Other such complications which may occur are:

  • Bleeding
  • Heart problems
  • Ulcers
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and diarrhoea

How can these be reduced and treated?

Most of the complications which may occur can be treated with pain killers or antibiotics, these will be prescribed to you as soon as you come around from surgery, and you will have access to medical pain relief. To ensure that you are put at the lowest risk to complications or dangers occurring you should ensure that throughout you are honest with regards to medical history, and you should ensure that you follow advice strictly, which will play a part in your speedy and effective recovery, as well as helping you to lose as much weight as possible.


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