Gastric sleeve surgery, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, can have unwanted side effects that range from mild discomfort to those requiring surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery is a relatively safe bariatric procedure that has become widely popular and accepted. One of the main advantages of gastric sleeve surgery is that it’s expected weight-loss is comparable to gastric bypass surgery, yet it’s relative risks are fewer.
Mild to Moderate Side Effects
Immediately after surgery, minor side effects such as pain, bruising, bleeding, and swelling are common. For the vast majority of patients, these effects disappear within days to a few weeks post-op.
Severe Side Effects
A few patients may suffer more severe complications: internal bleeding or leaking, gastritis or the inflammation in the lining of the stomach, more than usual pain, and bloating in the abdominal area.
As with all surgeries, a very small number of patients may develop an infection, pneumonia, and nausea and/or vomiting. All severe side effects should be checked by a doctor without delay.
Blood clots, which can be fatal, occur in less than 1% of gastric sleeve patients. (In comparison, it is estimated that 30 to 50% of knee and hip surgery patients develop blood clots).
Gastric Sleeve Surgery Expectations
Weight-loss expectations can be another side effect of gastric sleeve surgery. The issue of unpleasing weight-loss occasionally arises with gastric sleeve and all other bariatric surgeries. Sometimes a patient's weight-loss is not what they’re expecting. This can be caused by not sticking to the recommended exercise and diet regimen, or it can be something unrelated.
To really understand all of the possible complications and side effects, it’s important to talk to a bariatric surgeon. Individuals may be at an increase risk of side effects due to their current health standing. A Lighter Me works with some of the best surgeons in Mexico and already has hundreds of gastric sleeve success stories. Contact us today to further discuss gastric sleeve surgery.