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Bariatric Surgery

Benefits and Risks

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?

The most important benefits of bariatric surgery are weight loss, better health, and quality of life. Other benefits of bariatric surgery may include:

  • more weight loss than other treatments alone
  • closer to normal blood sugar levels and blood pressure
  • being able to breathe more easily
  • being able to move better and be more active
  • better fertility and pregnancy outcomes
  • a lower risk of death from heart disease and some types of cancer

What are the risks of bariatric surgery?

The risks of bariatric surgery include:

  • nausea or vomiting
  • a higher risk of having low levels of certain vitamins and minerals
  • needing to have plastic surgery to remove extra skin after a lot of weight loss
  • changes in mental health or changes to relationships with friends and family (these changes may make things better or worse​)
  • gaining back some or all of the weight lost after surgery
  • blood clots, leaks in the intestines, infections, or even death (in rare cases)​

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