Choosing to undergo weight-loss surgery is a big step, and one that offers many benefits to your overall health.

Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery

  • Reduces body weight: Weight-loss surgery is one of the most effective ways to lose weight quickly and safely.
  • Improves physical health: Weight-loss surgery improves overall health and reduces risks of premature death, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease.
  • Increases well-being: Weight-loss surgery improves mobility, self-esteem, and self-confidence, and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.

Risks of Weight-Loss Surgery

If you’re considering having bariatric surgery, it's important to understand that any medical weight-loss procedure can have risks associated with it. Some of the risks related to weight-loss surgery are similar to any operation that involves the use of general anesthesia and incisions.

These can include:
  • Blood loss
  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Shock (related to blood loss, sepsis, or pulmonary embolism)
  • Low postoperative urine output/dehydration/urinary retention
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) / blood clots
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate and/or elevated blood pressure during the procedure

The risk of experiencing complications from any type of surgical procedure depends on several factors, including:
  • Age and overall health
  • Pre-existing problems related to cardiovascular system or breathing
  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, or other factors that can slow the healing process

Postoperative problems related to weight-loss surgery may also include:
  • Constipation
  • Dumping syndrome, which includes diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting
  • Poor absorption of nutrients from food, or malnutrition
  • Severe malnutrition, requiring reversal (duodenal switch)
  • Hair thinning and/or hair loss
  • Heartburn
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels)
  • Post-surgical lactose intolerance

It's impossible to completely eliminate the chances that a patient will experience one or more weight-loss surgery complications. However, you can minimize the risk of having problems both during and after the weight-loss operation by carefully following all pre-operative instructions provided by your surgeon and the Clovis Community Weight-Loss Surgery Center team.