Pain and Complications
Patients can be quite sore in the first 24 hours after the surgery, despite the laparoscopic approach. Nausea can be present as well. Medications are given to offset these effects as much as possible, but typically things will rapidly settle throughout the remainder of the hospital stay.
Dr Greenslade will see you each day that you are in hospital. The nursing staff are able to contact him at any time if there are any concerns.
The main complications to avoid with weight loss surgery relate to leakage and bleeding from staple lines or joins in the bowel. This largely hinges on surgical technique. The risk of these complications is less than 1%.
In addition, steps are taken to minimize the risk of clots forming in the leg veins, which can break off and travel to the lungs. The involves the use of leg stockings, sequential compression devices applied to the legs, and heparin injections. Patients are encouraged to mobilise as soon as possible after surgery.