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

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