Anytime you undergo a surgical procedure, there is some measure of risk. And Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery is no exception. Your surgeon and medical staff follow all hospital protocols to minimize the risk of things like infection, internal bleeding, and organ damage during surgery. These types of complications are rare, but you should know the risks.
Other Risks Associated with Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
In a recent study published in the journal BMC Surgery, researchers followed 117 patients after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery for two years. While complications were minimal, they did identify some risks associated with the surgery such as:
Staple Leaking – About 1.7 percent of patients developed leaking along the staple line used to seal the small portion of the stomach. If this happens, laparoscopic surgery is required to seal the leak with additional staples.
Internal bleeding – During surgery, about 5 percent of patients began bleeding internally, and required a blood transfusion.
Abdominal abscess – While rare, developing an abdominal abscess following surgery is possible. But the study found that this happened in less than 1 percent of patients. An abdominal abscess is typically treated with syringe drainage and medication.
Gastroesophageal Reflux – Also known as acid reflux, about 14.6 percent of patients developed this condition after Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery. Monitoring food intake and some prescription or over-the-counter medications can help treat acid reflux.