No surgery is entirely safe and all surgical procedures carry risks. With gastric sleeve surgery fortunately, serious complications are relatively rare and not usually life threatening. Gastric sleeve surgery has a survival rate of 99.8%.
The risk factors should be considered but don’t forget untreated obesity, especially morbid obesity, carries a significant high risk of premature death itself.
In most cases, the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks, which are:
- Staple line leaks
- Digestion issues
- Wound infection
- Gallstones which are small stones, usually made of cholesterol can develop after surgery. In most cases, gallstones don’t cause any symptoms and can be treated with medication
- Post op Blood Clots
- Adverse reactions to anaesthesia
- Lung or breathing problems
- Leaks in your gastrointestinal system
- Death (very rare)