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What are the serious complications of weight loss surgery?

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Serious complications are rare, happening about 3% of the time. Some can be life-threatening:

The risk is higher for people over age 60. Having weight loss surgery at a center with very experienced surgeons reduces this risk.

  • Blood clot to the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • Leaks in the new surgical gut connections
  • Bleeding ulcers
  • Heart attacks

From: Pros and Cons of Weight Loss Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, Allergan.

Hedley, A. June 16, 2004. The Journal of the American Medical Association,

Rand, C. September 1991. International Journal of Obesity,

Virji, A. , April 15, 2006. American Family Physician

Brethauer, S. November 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Buchwald, H. Oct. 13, 2004. The Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Collazo-Clavell, M. October 2006. Mayo Clinic Proceedings,

Shah, M. 2006. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 9, 2017

SOURCES:

News release, Allergan.

Hedley, A. June 16, 2004. The Journal of the American Medical Association,

Rand, C. September 1991. International Journal of Obesity,

Virji, A. , April 15, 2006. American Family Physician

Brethauer, S. November 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

Buchwald, H. Oct. 13, 2004. The Journal of the American Medical Association,

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Collazo-Clavell, M. October 2006. Mayo Clinic Proceedings,

Shah, M. 2006. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,

Malinowski, S. April 2006. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences,

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 9, 2017

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