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Risks and Benefits
Risks:

As with any selective surgery there are risks involved. The following risks are associated with any Bariatric surgery:

  • Leakage from the intestinal tract
  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots in legs/lungs
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Nutritional and Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Kinks or twists in the intestine
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Weight loss failure 8-10%
  • Band slippage <1-2%
  • Band erosion <0.5%
  • Balloon leaks, Port malfunction
 
Benefits:

Research has show that reversal of obesity- related co-morbidities has been achieved subsequent to Bariatric surgeries.

Studies found that gastric banding:

  • Resolved type 2 diabetes in 47.8 percent of patients and often resolved the disease within days of surgery
  • Resolved high blood pressure in 38.4% of patients
  • Improved high cholesterol in 78.3% of patients

 

Studies found that gastric bypass:

  • Resolved type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients and often resolved the disease within days of surgery
  • Resolved high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients
  • Improved high cholesterol in 95% of patients
  • Studies shows that sleeve gastrectomy patients experienced resolution rates for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obstructive sleep apnea that are similar to resolution rates for other restrictive procedures such as gastric banding.
  • Bariatric patients also experienced improved physical functioning and appearance; and improved social and economic opportunities. In addition there has been a reduced relative risk of mortality as well as an improved quality of life.


 

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