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Surgical Weight Loss Options

Our board-certified surgeons have expertise in minimally invasive and laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and routinely perform two weight loss surgery options:  Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Read more about these procedures, as well as risks and complications for bariatric surgery below.

    The risks of weight-loss surgery include, but are not limited to, the usual risks of any surgery, which involves general anesthesia, including potential problems with: 

    • Breathing, pneumonia
    • Blood clots, pulmonary embolism
    • Bleeding
    • Hernias at the site of the incision
    • Infection
    • Death

    Potential Complications Specific to Weight Loss Surgery:

    Listed are some, but not all, of the potential complications.  Your surgeon will discuss additional possible complications as part of the informed consent process.

    Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass (1)

    • Leaks
    • Internal hernia/bowel obstruction
    • Stricture
    • Nutritional deficits/vitamin deficiencies due to malabsorption

    Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (2)

    • Leak/dehiscence of staple line
    • Internal hernia/bowel obstruction
    • Gastric acid reflux


    Source: Realize®. (n.d.). Gastric Bypass Risks & Complications. Retrieved from  Realize®. (n.d.). Sleeve Gastrectomy Risks & Complications. Retrieved from

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