Bariatric Surgery Surgical Options and Outcomes
The majority of these procedures are performed laparoscopically, where a small video camera and surgical instruments are inserted through tiny holes in the abdomen, allowing the surgeon to perform and view the surgery on a video monitor. This approach reduces operating time, leads to quicker recovery with fewer complications and reduces your hospital stay.
Bariatric Surgery Outcomes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Degenerative joint disease
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer
Risks are uncommon and can often be avoided by making diet and lifestyle changes. There is a risk of complications during any surgery, including bleeding, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the legs that travel to the lungs), reactions to anesthesia, wound infections, and cardiac event or death. Complications specific to weight loss surgery may include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Vitamin deficiency
- Hair loss
- Weight regain
- Excess skin
Complications associated with the Band include slippage or erosion, obstruction, port flipping and port site infection. Your surgeon and team of health care professionals will work with you to determine the best procedure for you based on your health history and weight loss goals.