The medical risks involved in gastric sleeve surgery are very low indeed. In fact, less than one in every two hundred patients are readmitted to Dr. Westmoreland’s center due to post-surgery complications. However, as in any surgical operation, there is always going to a certain level of risk involved in the procedure. Common complications can include:
· A narrowing of the sleeve due to scarring.
· Leakage from the staple line.
· Possible acid reflux.
· Dumping syndrome (food passing too quickly through the digestive system leading to vomiting, loose stools, and possible nausea). This condition, however, is fairly uncommon, and if experienced, usually subsides within a three-month period.
Other Things You May Want to Consider:
· Gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible.
· You will need to take supplements and follow strict dietary guidelines for the rest of your life.