Q&A: Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Safe?


Is gastric bypass surgery safe? – Sabrena F.

A: Gastric bypass surgery is safe as long as you are having it performed by a licensed bariatric surgeon. Your surgeon will make certain that you are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to receive the surgery. Most gastric bypass patients need to work on more than just losing the weight; they usually need to explore the reason for gaining the weight.

After gastric bypass surgery, people typically stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days and return to normal activity within 2 to 3 weeks. Nearly 10% of people have complications, which are usually minor and include:

Wound infections