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Gastric Sleeve Surgery Risks Orange County

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

Make an Informed Decision

Though gastric sleeve is widely regarded as a safe and effective weight loss surgery, there are some risks involved with the procedure. The stomach pouch may stretch or expand over time, in some cases causing the weight loss that has been achieved to reverse. The actual “sleeve” of the stomach may narrow or constrict, causing complications such as frequent vomiting after meals. The procedure is not reversible. As with other surgical procedures, there is a risk of complications such as hernia, wound infection, and blood clots. We advise bariatric surgery patients to discuss all risks and potential complications of the gastric sleeve procedure with a knowledgeable surgeon.

Infection at the Surgical Site

As with any surgery, the incisions used for gastric sleeve surgery increases the risk of infection at the surgical site. The surgeons and medical staff of Smart DIMENSIONS™ follow best practices to ensure that your risk for infection is minimized during and immediately after surgery. You will be provided with post-surgical instructions to protect your incisions while recovering at home.

Poor Nutrition

Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of your stomach, so you will eat less. If you have not developed good eating habits prior to your surgery, you are at increased risk for the effects of poor nutrition, including deficiencies in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Your body may also not absorb nutrients as well, so you will work closely with your bariatric surgeon to ensure proper nutrition. Poor nutrition can lead to other complications, such as anemia and osteoporosis.

Blood Clots

Blood clots can form in your legs and elsewhere as you recover from gastric sleeve surgery. These clots can dislodge and travel through your circulatory system to your lungs, leading to a life-threatening condition. Your bariatric surgeon may recommend leg exercises as part of your recovery to prevent blood clots.


Some patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery develop gallstones after the procedure. Your bariatric surgeon may opt to remove your gallbladder during surgery or prescribe medications to help prevent gallstones.

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What Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost?

The best way to calculate the cost of sleeve gastrectomy 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 Smart DIMENSIONS™

If you’re interested in discussing the risks of gastric sleeve surgery over its alternatives, contact an Orange County bariatric surgeon at Smart DIMENSIONS™, serving Los Angeles and the nearby areas. 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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