Abdominal Surgery

There are risks associated with any abdominal surgery.  A patient’s weight, age and medical history play a significant role in determining specific risks.  Your surgeon will inform you about your specific risks for bariatric surgery.  Risks associated with any abdominal surgery include:

  1. Complications due to anesthesia
  2. Wound infections
  3. Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) – clots in the lower extremities
  4. Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – clots that travel to the lungs
  5. Pneumonia – infection of the lung
  6. Atelectasis – collapse of part of the lung and decreased lung volume.  Most often due to the patient taking incomplete breaths.  It is prevented by encouraging deep breathing and early ambulation.
  7. Stroke or heart attack
  8. Intra-abdominal infections
  9. Injury to intra-abdominal organs or structures
  10. Death
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