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Risks & Benefits of Surgery

As with any surgery there are both risks and benefits to having weight loss surgery. Obesity is a chronic health problem that can lead to other major health issues including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes to name a few. Often, the benefits outweigh the risks, but you must consider both sides before you decide to have the surgery.

Benefits to having surgery:

  • Prevention of or improvements to medical conditions caused by a patient's obesity
  • Surge in energy
  • Increased life expectancy
  • Increased self esteem
  • Weight loss
  • Better sleep

Risks to having surgery:

  • Blood clot in a vein (Deep venous thrombosis or DVT)
  • Bleeding or infection
  • Bowel obstruction caused by scar tissue
  • Leakage of fluid (if opting for gastric banding)
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Band slippage (if opting for gastric banding)
  • Gallstones
  • Overall risk of death

If you are considering weight loss surgery, our bariatric surgeons and staff are here to discuss the benefits and risks of surgery with you so you can make an informed decision about your options. Please call Atlantic General Bariatric Center at (410) 641-9568 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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