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Unexpected Complications After Weight Loss Surgery

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What to Be Aware of Before Scheduling a Procedure

When patients elect to have weight loss surgery, they do so with the understanding that there are certain risks involved. Before scheduling the procedure, these risks will be discussed in detail with your surgeon. However, it is important to be aware of potential complications that can occur after weight loss surgery. Here's what you need to be aware of:

Low Blood Sugar

Also known as hypoglycemia, low blood sugar can occur when patients don't eat enough food or if they miss a meal. If patients consume alcohol or exercise too soon after eating, it can also happen. Symptoms of low blood sugar include shakiness, sweating, lightheadedness, and confusion. If you experience these symptoms, be sure to eat or drink something with sugar in it right away.


Malnutrition can occur if patients don't get enough protein, vitamins, and minerals in their diet. It is essential to follow the recommendations of your surgeon and registered dietitian to ensure you're getting enough of the nutrients you need. Symptoms of malnutrition include fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, and brittle nails. If you're concerned that you may be at risk for malnutrition, talk to your doctor or registered dietitian.


Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in the gallbladder. They are more common in people who have had weight loss surgery because rapid weight loss can cause the gallbladder to empty less frequently. This can lead to the formation of gallstones. Symptoms of gallstones include pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, be sure to contact your surgeon right away.

Opioid Addiction

Weight loss surgery patients are at risk of developing an addiction to opioids. This is because they are often prescribed opioids for pain management after surgery. If you have a history of addiction, talk to your doctor about this before having surgery. Symptoms of opioid addiction include cravings, increased tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms. If you think you may be addicted to opioids, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional right away.

Increased Hernia Risk

Weight loss surgery can also lead to an increased risk for hernias. This is because the abdominal muscles are often weakened during surgery. If you develop a hernia, you may experience pain, swelling, or redness in the area. If you experience these symptoms, be sure to contact your surgeon right away.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys That Care

While weight loss surgery can be a successful tool for those struggling with obesity, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and complications that can occur. If you experience poor medical care or complications from this type of procedure, it is important to contact our team at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC. Please contact us to schedule a consultation appointment.

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