Bariatric Surgery

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Safe?

Oct 20, 2021

Are you considering gastric sleeve surgery? It is normal to have safety concerns for gastric sleeve or any type of surgery for that matter. With the improvement of surgical techniques, the gastric sleeve has become an overall effective and very safe bariatric surgical procedure.

Complications Of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Researchers discovered that gastric sleeve surgeries produced the lowest complication rate, 0.96 percent, when compared with gastric bypass and gastric banding based on a Stanford university study of approximately 270,000 patients. Furthermore, the 30-day mortality rate for this procedure was found to be very low at 0.08 percent.

As with any major surgery, sleeve gastrectomy may pose potential health risks, both in the short term and long term.

Risks associated with sleeve gastrectomy may include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Blood clots
  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Leaks from the cut edge of the stomach

Longer term risks and complications of sleeve gastrectomy surgery may include:

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Hernias
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Malnutrition
  • Vomiting

Why should you make the decision to have gastric sleeve surgery over remaining obese? Obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, joint disease, GERD, heart disease, infertility and even certain types of cancer can put your body at a significantly higher risk than surgery, particularly gastric sleeve, which is considered very safe.

Undoubtedly, gastric sleeve surgery is a safe procedure for obesity. Gastric sleeve surgery is quick, and scarring is highly minimized. Most patients can usually go home the same day of the surgery.

But remember, you must also be willing to make permanent changes to lead a healthier lifestyle. You may be required to participate in long-term follow-up plans that include monitoring your nutrition, your lifestyle and behavior, and your medical conditions.
Need further information or want to be sure if this procedure is right for you? Call our weight loss surgeons today!