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Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

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Offering a compassionate program that provides comprehensive care and support before, during, and after bariatric surgery to morbidly obese patients, Smart DIMENSIONS™ performs gastric bypass surgery for Los Angeles and Orange County residents requiring bariatric surgery.

Keep Yourself Informed

Every surgical operation carries its own set of risks, including gastric bypass surgery. Fortunately, when gastric bypass and other bariatric surgeries are performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon, those risks can be greatly reduced because a trusted professional is at the helm. Still, it’s vital to be informed of the potential problems that could arise from bariatric surgery. Learn more about gastric bypass surgery risks, and contact Orange County bariatric surgery team at Smart DIMENSIONS™ for an appointment.

Infection at the Surgical Site

Gastric bypass surgery patients are vulnerable to infection at the site of the surgical incision; however, our bariatric surgeons and the staff at our facilities are very careful to take steps to prevent any infection.

Leaking at the Staple Lines

Though uncommon, the staple line in the stomach may leak, causing complications. If this happens, a hospital stay with an additional operation may occur.


Weight loss surgery patients are at risk of developing gallstones; however, sometimes our surgeons will remove the gallbladder during the operation. If not, there are medications you can take to prevent gallstones from developing.

If you’d like more information about gallstones or other gastric bypass surgery risks, contact the Orange County practice of Smart DIMENSIONS™, serving Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and surrounding areas.

Nutritional Deficiency

Since the intestinal tract is altered during gastric bypass surgery, the body’s ability to absorb nutrients may be limited. This may be resolved through the consumption of nutritional supplements.

Blood Clots

Blood clots may develop in the legs during gastric bypass surgery recovery; they become especially dangerous if they travel to the lungs. However, the risk for blood clots can be reduced with simple leg exercises.

Dumping Syndrome

Gastric bypass surgery may cause dumping syndrome, in which the stomach empties its contents too quickly through the small intestines, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and sweating.

Narrowing of the Opening Between the Stomach and the Intestines

Though it occurs in only a small percentage of gastric bypass surgery patients, the opening between the stomach and the intestines can narrow, causing nausea and vomiting. This can be corrected through an outpatient procedure.

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What Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost?

The best way to calculate the cost of gastric bypass surgery is to meet with a bariatric surgeon. Several factors affect the price of the surgery, and these are best discussed on a case-to-case basis.

Contact Us about Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

If you’re feeling concerned about gastric bypass surgery risks, contact an Orange County bariatric surgeon at Smart DIMENSIONS™ today. We can help you feel more comfortable about the potential complications of the operation. Please call 714-861-4666 today to schedule your free initial consultation! Results may vary and we will help customize a solution specifically designed for you.

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