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Risks & Benefits of Surgery



  • Most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so for 18 to 24 months

  • Most patients will lose and keep off 50 to 80 percent of their excess weight

  • Medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol problems, acid reflux disease and sleep apnea commonly improve or completely resolve after the surgery

  • Patients have greater endurance for work, family and daily activities

Risks and Complications

No major surgery is without risk and there is a 0.5 percent mortality (death) rate nationally for weight loss surgery.

Risks for Lap-Band®, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve include:
  • Blood clots in the lungs
  • Complications from anesthesia and medications
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Wound infection

Additional risks for each procedure will be discussed at the patient's initial consult with one of our surgeons.