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Risks and benefits

Benefits of gastric bypass surgery include:

Health improvements after gastric bypass surgery
Health problem (Co-morbidity) Result after gastric bypass surgery
Type 2 Diabetes

Resolved† in 83.7% of patients. In fact, in some gastric bypass cases, resolution of type 2 diabetes occurred within days of the surgery.

High blood pressure Resolved in 67.5% of patients
High cholesterol Improved†† in 94.9% of patients
Obstructive sleep apnea Resolved in 80.4% of patients
Acid reflux/GERD Resolved in 98% of patients
Depression Improved in 47% of patients
Osteoarthritis and joint pain Resolved in 41% of patients
Stress urinary incontinence Resolved in 44% of patients
Menstrual dysfunction due to polycystic ovarian syndrome Resolved in 100% of patients
Ovulation and fertility restored Restored in 100% of patients

† In medical terminology, “resolved” is defined as removing all known symptoms and signs of the condition or disease.
†† In medical terminology, “improved” is defined as reducing the known symptoms and signs of the condition or disease.

Shorter hospital stays, faster recovery

Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars and less pain than open surgical procedures.

Weight loss surgery cost savings over time

Weight loss surgery may help to improve or resolve conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

Patients potentially save money on related prescription drugs, doctor visits and hospital visit.

Quality-of-life improvements

Clinical studies of laparoscopic bariatric surgery patients found that they felt better, spent more time doing recreational and physical activities, benefited from enhanced productivity and economic opportunities, and had more self-confidence than they did prior to surgery.

Risks and complications

As with any surgical procedure, potential risks and complications can occur with gastric bypass. Although these problems rarely occur, listed below are gastric bypass risks, bariatric surgery risks and abdominal surgery risks.

Potential concerns and risks of gastric bypass:

Other risks include:

Note: Your weight, age and medical history play a significant role in determining your specific risks. Your surgeon can inform you about your specific weight loss surgery risks.

Risks associated with any abdominal surgery:

Note: Risks are associated with any type of surgery, including abdominal surgery. These risks are greater for individuals who suffer from obesity.

Mortality rates

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 2012 Consensus Statement, the gastric bypass complication rate in the hands of a skilled surgeon is roughly five percent, and the operative mortality (death) rate is roughly 0.5 percent.

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