Possible Complications of WLS

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Weight Loss Surgery of any kind can be an amazing tool that will help you not only lose weight but maintain a more healthy lifestyle so that you do not put the weight on again. As with any surgery there are possible complications and those include the possibility of death. The mortality rate of WLS is relatively low in connection to the surgery as posted by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Because this is part of WLS 101 I feel it is pertinent to list the possible complications and you are welcome to look them up however I do not want to dissuade you from using this wonderful tool. Please don’t go all hypochondriac, k?

  • New stomach pouch enlarging.
  • New stomach outlet enlarging.
  • Distention of the stomach.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea or constipation.
  • Bleeding from any part of surgery.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Brittle nails.
  • Partial hair loss (Usually temporary.)
  • Skin rashes.
  • Gastric outlet obstruction or stenosis (shrinking) which may result in blockage of the new stomach pouch.
  • Phlebitis (Inflammation of the veins.)
  • Protein malnutrition.
  • Anorexia.
  • Acute cholecystitis (inflammation and/or infection of the gallbladder.)
  • Cholelithiasis (Formation of gallstones.)
  • Small bowel obstruction which may result in blockage of the intestine.
  • An abscess (a collection of pus) within the abdomen.
  • Peripheral or central neuropathy (nerve tissue malfunction.)
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar.)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia (Irregular heart beats.)
  • Leaks involving the stomach or intestine leading to peritonitis (Infection of the abdomen.)
  • Blood clots in the legs, pelvis (deep vein thrombosis) or lung (Pulmonary Embolus.)
  • Wound dehiscence (opening of the surgical wound.)
  • Collection of blood, fluid or pus in the surgical wound.
  • Bezoar obstruction (food particles causing blockage.)
  • Depression or other psychological changes, including possible effect of new, smaller body image on relationships with friends and family.
  • Ulcer formation in the new pouch or intestine (particularly in patients who smoke.)
  • Hernia (weakness) in the incision (particularly on “open” operations.)
  • Dumping syndrome which may result in severe nausea, dizziness, rapid pulse, sweating, diarrhea and anxiety.
  • Vitamin, mineral or trace element deficiencies.
  • Allergic reactions and/or damage to blood vessels, limbs, nerves, heart, brain, liver, lungs, spleen, kidneys and/or infection, bleeding and failure of healing and/or death.
  • Difficulty in examining the lower part of the old stomach and upper part of the bypassed intestine.

So yeah that is a long list right? Surgeons consider this before they approve you for surgery. Their records are important and a surgeon who keeps having patients die on him does not instill confidence in the medical inquiry so fret not and let them guide you.

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