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Mr Sanjay Agrawal

MBBS, MS, FRCSEd, FRCSGlasg,
FRCS (Gen. Surg), FASMBS

Consultant Bariatric Surgeon

Gastric Sleeve Surgery - Risks & Complications

What are the risks?

Gastric sleeve surgery is generally safe, but there are always risks when you are having an operation. You will need to discuss these risks with your doctor before deciding if the procedure is right for you.

Side-effects:

Certain side effects can happen after gastric sleeve surgery. Side effects will usually only be temporary and they are generally mild. The most frequent effects are soreness or some slight swelling round the incisions. Some people experience discomfort after eating in the first days after the operation. This feeling should go away once you heal, as long as you don’t overeat.

Complications:

More serious complications can also happen when you have gastric sleeve surgery. This is when problems occur during or after the operation. Such problems are much less common than the milder side effects. Most people will not experience any serious complications from this surgery.

One potential risk of having the procedure is that you will need to be put under a general anaesthetic. Some people can have a bad reaction to the anaesthetic. Other potential complications associated with surgery include heavy bleeding and blood clots. The chance of surgical complications is low, but they are increased by conditions such as high blood pressure.

Some of the complications you may get after sleeve gastrectomy operation are listed here:

  • Infection – although antibiotics can help prevent post-surgical infections, there is still a chance that you will develop one and require further treatment
  • Damage to your organs – although the risk is low with an experienced surgeon, it is possible other organs in your abdomen could be damaged. Another procedure could be required to set it right.
  • Staple line leak – during a sleeve gastrectomy, your stomach will be sealed with surgical staples. If these start to leak while you are recovering from surgery, you may need another operation to seal your stomach.
  • Sleeve stricture – sometimes the sleeve-shaped stomach can get narrower after surgery or an ulcer may form in it. More surgery or a procedure called an endoscopy might be necessary to fix the problem.
  • Gallstones – some people get gallstones when they lose a lot of weight quickly.
  • Failure to achieve weight loss – a sleeve gastrectomy will help you to lose weight, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll reach your goal. Some people don’t manage to get rid of their excess weight even after surgery.

There is a chance your surgeon may need to convert your keyhole procedure to open surgery. This means making a bigger cut on your abdomen. This is only done if it’s impossible to complete the operation safely using the keyhole technique.

The chance of complications during or after the procedure will vary between individuals. Your surgeon will be able to provide personalised advice on the risks of weight loss surgery. In general, about 5% of people will experience some complications when having a sleeve gastrectomy. The chance of experiencing fatal complications during surgery is 0.2%.

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve / Sleeve Gastrectomy Fees

  • Rivers Hospital£8,365*
  • Spire London East Hospital£8,582*
  • Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital£9,340*For BMI < 50 & £11,450 For BMI > 50*
  • BMI The London Independent Hospital£9,950*For BMI < 50 & £10,950 For BMI > 50*

* Please note that these are guide prices and based on you being fit for the procedure - quotes may vary according to individual requirements and discuss this with team following your consultation.

The hospitals where Mr Agrawal works has 0% finance options to allow you to spread the sleeve gastrectomy cost over a 6, 10 or 12-month period completely interest-free.

* During the ongoing pandemic, there may be an additional fee for the COVID-19 test - please ring the relevant hospital for an up-to-date package price of the surgery

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Testimonials & Case Studies

 

  • Before

  • After

“Since having the operation I can now go into any shop and buy the clothes I love, rather than the clothes that just fit my size. I could never have imagined buying a size 10 before. The operation has not effected my social life in any way.”

Maria

 

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  • After

“My experience of Mr. Agrawal was very positive, he was very positive about doing the surgery, he was very relaxed and I was very confident in him. I would definitely recommend Mr. Agrawal.”

Louise

 

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  • After

“Mr. Agrawal, that’s a lot of fun, absolute brilliant guy.”

Plaxy

 

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  • After

“I was a bit scared going to see him, I’d brought my husband with me, in case I forgot what he said. Having someone beside me was very useful. He explained the procedures and types of procedure, and which one I could go for. He was very down to earth and straight forward, I found it very pleasant”

Jane

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