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What are rare but serious complications that may develop from weight loss surgery?

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Rare but serious complications include:

  • Bleeding in the stool, or black stools
  • Leaks in new connections made by weight loss surgery; these usually occur within five days of surgery.
  • Blood clots in the lungs, called pulmonary emboli, rarely occur, but if they do, they are the most common cause of death after weight loss surgery. Blood clots can be usually prevented with blood thinning medicines and frequent activity.
  • Blood clots in the legs, called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT
  • Pneumonia

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

SOURCES: News release, Allergan. Sjöström, L. , December 2004. WebMD Medical Reference: "What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery;" "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice;" "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery;" "Life After Weight Loss Surgery;" and "Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?"


New England Journal of Medicine

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Bariatric Surgery Procedures."

Cleveland Clinic. 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 7, 2019

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