PreOp On-Line Informed Consent – Patient Risk Management

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All surgical procedures involve some risks but obesity increases the chance that surgery will lead to complications. Before consenting to this procedure you must take a moment to familiarize yourself with possible problems.
Complications include:

Allergic Reactions such as a rash or an even more serious response that can lead to death.

Anesthesia used during surgery can sometimes cause death. Patient Education Company
Bleeding internally following surgery can cause death. Less than _of one percent patients have experienced this complication and the best way to protect against it is to get out of bed on the day following your operation and move your feet and legs to prevent blood clots from forming.
Infection of the surgical site, or internally including pneumonia ‚Äë can sometimes lead to death.Because new connections will be made between the stomach and intestines, a leak could possibly develop. A leak could allow bacteria or digestive fluids to enter the abdominal cavity, leading to infection. In this case, further surgeries could be required to repair the leak and the infection could lead to severe illness or death Patient Education Company
Narrowing of the connection between the stomach and intestine can occur. In this case, further surgery may be required and the condition can lead to death.
To protect yourself from this problem, never take aspirin or drugs such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen. Relafen or others like them.Patient Education Company
Indigestion, acid or bile reflux can sometimes occur leading the nausea, vomiting, indigestion, stomach pain, gastritis or ulcers. Sometimes these problems are severe and last for day, weeks or longer. If you have had previous problems, the likelihood of experiencing them after surgery increases, especially if you are a woman. Also, women who have taken hormones.
Dumping is the name of a syndrome can cause heart problems with symptoms such as weakness, sweating, nausea, diarrhea and dizziness. Sometimes symptoms become so sever that the surgery has to be reversed. Staying away from sweets is the best way to avoid this complication.
Bowel obstruction is a possible complication following any abdominal surgery. Scar tissue can cause the bower to twist, obstruct or tear leading to serious medical problems and even death
Bowel injury is a possible problem during surgery itself. If the intestine become torn its contents can leak, causing serious infection and death. If bowel injury occurs, one or more operations may have to be performed to repair it.
Laparoscopic surgery, though it is less invasive than traditional methods is not risk free. Possible complications include abdominal injury, bleeding and even death.
Drug used during and after surgery sometimes have negative side effects and cause a variety of reactions, in some cases even death Patient Education Company
Loss of bodily function can result from the stress of surgery and anesthesia on the body. Complications include stroke, heart attack, limb loss and other problems.
Blood transfusion are sometimes required during surgery. Though every attempt is made to keep the donor blood supply safe, there is a risk of Hepatitis and AIDS in any blood exchange.
Hernia can result from weakness in the abdominal wall caused by surgery. Hernias can lead to pain, bowel obstruction or tearing and in some cases death. Treatment usually requires another operation.
Hair loss sometimes develops following surgery. In most cases it begins 3 ‚Äë 4 months after surgery and usually clears up 7 ‚Äë 9 months after surgery. In some cases though, it becomes permanent
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can occur following this procedure. Patients must take supplements to protect themselves from these problems. Patient Education Company

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