Understanding the Risks
Understanding the Risks

It is important for you to understand fully the risks involved with surgery so that you can make an informed decision. Although surgical complications are infrequent, all surgeries have some degree of risk. Complications that may arise with any general surgical procedure include: bleeding, blood clot formation in the legs and lung area, pneumonia and infection.  

Laparoscopic surgery has its own set of potential problems. They include:

  • Injury to spleen or liver
  • Injury to major blood vessels
  • Lung problems
  • Thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Infection of the wound
  • Perforation of the stomach, esophagus, colon, or small intestine during surgery

Your surgical team at Saint Elizabeth will use their experience and knowledge in weight loss surgery procedures to minimize and avoid complications. If a problem does occur, a highly-qualified medical team is available to solve problems quickly. The importance of having a highly-qualified medical team and the use of an experienced facility cannot be overestimated.