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What are typical risks associated with weight loss surgery?

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Typical risks associated with weight loss surgery include:

  • Vomiting from eating too much too quickly and not chewing well
  • Constipation
  • Nutritional deficiencies such as anemia and osteoporosis.

As with any surgery, wound infections can occur up to three weeks after surgery. These can be treated with antibiotics, and sometimes require further surgery.

SOURCES:
News release, Allergan.
Sjöström, L. New England Journal of Medicine, 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?"

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. New England Journal of Medicine, 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?"

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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