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A 38-year-old member asked:

How safe is it to have a gastric bypass?

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Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
It is safe: Today those who perform gastric bypass are much better trained than those in the past especially with the laparoscopic method. You are likely to go home the next day. There is a low mortality rate .Nowadays there are more surgeons doing sleeve gastrectomy instead which does not alter the anatomy as much but will result in significant weight loss.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Safety of bypass: Do your homework as there are several types of procedures being offered. You also need to do your homework on the surgeon. Ask about the long-term consequences of the bypass surgery including the psychological and nutritional deficiencies that are associated with these procedures.
Dr. Brad Snyder
Specializes in General Surgery
Very safe. : Bariatric surgery has come a long way in the last 20 years. The major complication rate is in the range of 1-2 % but varies considerably between surgical groups. Find a skilled group who focuses on bariatrics and are fellowship trained in it. The bottom line is that the risk of death from living with morbid obesity is higher than the risk from surgery, by far.

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A 34-year-old female asked:

Is having a gastric bypass safe and what are the disadvantages if any....?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Some risk: Modern gastric bypass surgery is much safer than it used to be, with a risk of death around 1% and other complications around 40%. The risk seems to be worth it though because the risk of death after successful surgery goes down 89% over five years. So if 100 people have gastric bypass, about one will die from the surgery, but 89 will survive longer than they would have without the surgery!
A 35-year-old member asked:

How safe is gastric bypass now?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Safe/effective: The safety of gastric bypasses has dramatically improved over the past 15 years with improvements in training, instrumentation, and introduction of laparoscopic techniques. Mortality in experienced hands is less than 0.1%. These surgeries are safer than heart surgery and most orthopedic procedures. Look for a facility and a surgeon that carry a centers of excellence(coe) designation.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is the mini gastric bypass safe or better than the?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
No: The mini gastric bypass is not an approved surgery and there are so many that are better and safer. Only one surgeon does mini gastric bypass. The band, rny, sleeve, and plication are better.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are nsaids ever safe after gastric bypass?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
NSAIDs after bypass: Yes and no. Taking nsaids once in a while is usually okay. Taking the maximum dose every day for a week or two straight is not okay and puts you at risk of developing an ulcer and even perforation (which I have seen a few times). Also, if you do take an NSAID for a few days, you should also take an antacid like prilosec/prevacid/protonix/nexium/dexilant to protect your pouch.

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