Risk and Complications of Sleeve Gastrectomy
All operations in surgery have potential complications. The sleeve gastrectomy is a very safe operation, with the vast majority of patients having an uneventful recovery and achieving predictably good weight loss outcomes.
This is quite rare, but occasionally requires re-operation to control.
Staple Line Leak
This is the most significant complication after this operation. When it does occur, it can require an extended hospital stay, sometimes a transfer to a tertiary hospital, although the majority of patients will recover and still get a good result in terms of weight loss. Dr Andrew Russell’s personal leak rate is currently 0.7% which compares favourably with all other groups worldwide. This will be fully discussed with you at your initial consultation with us.
Reflux is not uncommon after this form of weight loss surgery. However, in my experience, most patients that do develop reflux can control their symptoms with standard reflux medications. Occasionally, if symptoms cannot be satisfactorily controlled, conversion to some form of gastric bypass will generally resolve the issue. Once again, Dr Andrew Russell believes this is one of the strengths of this operation – it always leaves further options open if occasionally required.
This, of course, is the greatest issue for all weight loss procedures. The vast majority of patients that regain weight after this surgery do so because they no longer follow the dietary rules that accompany all weight loss operations. Once again, this is why we offer more comprehensive follow up and support. We want this operation to work for you! Surgeons who do not provide this follow-up, we believe, are not acting in the patient’s best interests.