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Gastric Sleeve

What are the risks of Gastric Sleeve?

Because the stomach itself has to be divided, there are some additional risks over Gastric Banding in the early post-operative period. One problem is that gastric fluid may leak through the staple line if healing along the staple line is not perfect. This causes infection around the outside of the Gastric Sleeve, and can be quite serious. Recovery may take several weeks, and treatment usually involves the use of antibiotics, surgical drains, and gut rest.

Additional procedures such as re-operation and endoscopy are also commonly needed. The risk of this complication is around 1%, and is suspected if a patient develops fevers or abdominal pain in the early post operative period. Early treatment is the key to managing this problem successfully, so it is important to be on the watch for these symptoms and return back to the hospital without delay if concerns exist.

If you live outside Sydney, our policy is that you stay in Sydney for a total of 2 weeks from the date of your surgery before returning home. This allows us to be able to help you in the event of a staple line leak. We have negotiated a reduced tariff at a local hotel for OClinic patients who do not have relatives or friends to stay with.

Other complications that can occur include internal injuries, bleeding, blood clots in the leg veins or lungs, infections in the abdomen, chest or wounds, and allergic reactions to anaesthesia or medication. These problems may occur following any surgical procedure, and precautions are taken in all patients to reduce these risks to the absolute minimum.