Risks and Concerns

Adjustable Gastric Band

  • Migration of implant: band erosion or slippage
  • Tubing-related complications
  • Port displacement, disconnection or flip
  • Esophageal dilation or Inflammation of the esophagus or stomach
  • Port-site infection
  • Wound infection
  • Heartburn/gastric reflux
  • Poor weight loss
  • Weight regain

Additional information about risks and concerns related to adjustable gastric banding

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

  • A condition known as dumping syndrome can occur from eating high-fat, high-sugar foods. The results can be unpleasant, and may include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, diarrhea and feeling faint. Some patients actually view this as a positive mechanism that prevents them from reverting back to unhealthy eating habits.
  • Patients must supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin, calcium,┬ávitamin B12 and/or iron.
  • The stomach, duodenum, and parts of the small intestine cannot be seen easily using X-ray or endoscopy if there are problems after surgery such as ulcers, bleeding, or malignancy.
  • Leaks from staple lines
  • Ulcers
  • Wound infection
  • Stricture caused by narrowing
  • Internal hernias that cause bowel obstructions

Additional information about gastric bypass risks and complications

Gastric Sleeve Resection

  • Leaks from staple line
  • Wound infection
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Poor weight loss
  • Weight regain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Stricture caused by narrowing

Additional information about gastric sleeve surgery risks and complications

  • Last updated: 04/02/2012
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