Bariatric Surgery Risks and Complications
What are the potential risks and complications of gastric banding surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur in gastric banding. We're committed to providing you with the information you need to make a well-informed decision about your surgery. Although these problems rarely occur, we want you to know the facts. Risks are categorized into three areas: gastric banding risks, bariatric surgery risks, and abdominal surgery risks.
If you're considering the REALIZE® Band, we encourage you to attend an information seminar offered by a REALIZE Band trained surgeon. You'll learn about weight loss surgery options, including gastric banding benefits and risks, meet bariatric team members who will support you before and long after your surgery, and you may also hear from patients who have had weight loss surgery. There's no pressure to make a commitment—and no better way to get the answers you're looking for. Of course, family and friends are welcome, too.
Risks associated with gastric banding8
- Migration of implant (band erosion, band slippage, port displacement)
- Tubing-related complications (port disconnection, tubing)
- Band leak
- Esophageal spasm
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Inflammation of the esophagus or stomach
- Port-site infection
Note: Bariatric surgery complications may result in reoperations. Refer to the REALIZE Band Patient Guide for a full description of risks and side effects.
Weight loss surgery side effects and discomfort8
After surgery, your body needs to adjust to the newly implanted REALIZE Band. Your recovery experience may not be the same as other patients. Regurgitation, nausea, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea are typical. However, if you have abdominal pain that lasts more than 3 hours, you should contact your surgeon right away or go to your local emergency room.
People who lose a lot of weight, regardless of the weight loss method, are at a high risk for developing gallstones. Surgery or other procedures may be necessary to remove the stones and/or the gallbladder. There may be other side effects that are specific to you. You should report any unusual experiences to your surgeon.
Risks associated with bariatric surgery8
- Abdominal hernia
- Chest pain
- Collapsed lung
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Enlarged heart
- Gallstones, pain from passing a gallstone, inflammation of the gallbladder, or surgery to remove the gallbladder
- Gastrointestinal inflammation or swelling
- Stoma obstruction
- Stretching of the stomach
- Surgical procedure repeated
- Vomiting and nausea
Note: Your weight, age, and medical history play a significant role in determining your specific risks. Your surgeon can inform you about your specific weight loss surgery risks.
Risks associated with abdominal surgery8
- Shoulder pain
- Complications due to anesthesia and medications
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Injury to stomach, esophagus, or surrounding organs
- Pulmonary embolism
- Stroke or heart attack
Note: Risks are associated with any type of surgery, including abdominal surgery. These risks are greater for individuals who suffer from obesity.