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Risks of Surgery

-There is no way around it, every operation carries some risk and bariatric operations are no different.

-While bariatric surgery has never been safer, it is important to keep in mind that it is not risk free.

-While talking about the risk of death or complications after bariatric surgery is scary, one must balance that risk against the risk that comes along with carrying a significant amount of extra weight.

-In general, for the average patient the risk of dying after a bariatric operation is around 0.2% and the risk of having a complication in the first 30 days after surgery is in the 5-7% range.

-To put that in perspective for you, this is about the same risk you would take if you had your gallbladder removed (laparoscopic cholecystectomy).

-When speaking about risk it is important to keep in mind that YOUR risk of death or having a complication after surgery may be much higher than average depending on several factors like your age, medical problems, past surgeries, etc.

-Your surgeon will be able to give you a better idea of what your individual risk is after they have evaluated you.

-There are some general risks (link to general risk slide) that are true for almost every operation and then there are some risks that are specific to a band, sleeve, bypass, or duodenal switch (link to each different procedure risk slide).