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Weight Loss Surgery Complications & Risks

In his Report on Weight Loss Surgery: Techniques, Complications, Case Studies and the NIH 1991 abstracts on "Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity" Dr Ernsberger described more than 60 documented complications of gastrointestinal surgery.

Potentially fatal complications include peritonitis due to leaks in the digestive tract; pulmonary embolism; liver disease; kidney disease; incessant vomiting; cancer of the stomach, esophagus, pancreas and bowel; and vascular thrombosis.

Among lesser-known adverse effects, he noted, were neurological complications (nerve or brain damage) in 5 percent of gastric bypass patients, as reported in a 1987 issue of Neurology. Ernsberger concluded: "When the risks of surgery and long-term complications are taken into account, then it become apparent that the net outcome for the patient who regains weight is highly negative."

WIN estimates a numbing 10 to 20 percent of patients need follow-up surgery for complications, and the ASBS states that the data voluntarily supplied by their surgeon members shows the risk of dying after these secondary operations is three times higher than for the initial surgery. More than one-third develop gallstones and nearly 30 percent of patients develop nutritional deficiencies that can result in anemia and bone disease, arthritis, compromised immune system and hair loss.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery - Reminder
Bariatric weight loss surgery is not an easy option to lose weight. It's a serious surgical procedure whose long-term weight loss success depends on a patient's commitment to diet and behavior modification for life, along with exercise for weight control.

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