Bariatric Surgery Risks & Benefits

If you’re severely overweight, and repeated diet and exercise just haven’t worked, bariatric (weight loss) surgery may be the tool for you.

At UofL Health, we offer a full range of weight loss procedures to help you transform your health and life. Our board-certified surgeons are skilled in the latest minimally invasive techniques, which often means less pain and scarring, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

Learn more about weight loss surgery below, then join us for a free weight loss surgery seminar near you. We’ll provide in-depth information on each procedure, and what to expect throughout your journey.

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Benefits of Bariatric Surgery


Weight loss surgery can significantly improve your health and free you to pursue the active and happy life you deserve. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) some of the benefits may include:

  • Significant and lasting weight loss: By changing your gastrointestinal anatomy, certain bariatric procedures allow for significantly less food consumption, and affect changes in your intestinal hormones that reduce hunger and increase your feeling of fullness. Also, studies show that more than 90 percent of bariatric patients are able to maintain a long-term weight loss of 50 percent excess body weight or more, when combined with dietary and lifestyle changes.
  • Improves or resolves related conditions: Bariatric surgery has proven to significantly improve diseases caused or worsened by obesity, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, acid reflux and more. It has shown to drastically reduce—or even eliminate—type 2 diabetes.
  • Longer life: Several large studies of severe obesity have found that those who have had bariatric surgery have a significantly lower risk of death than those who have not. The exceptionally low mortality rate is remarkable, considering that most patients affected by severe obesity are in poor health and have one or more life-threatening diseases at the time of their surgery.
  • Improves overall wellness: Significant weight loss from bariatric surgery brings more than just physical transformation. Studies have shown that self-esteem, work, social interactions and sexual function all improve. Singlehood is significantly reduced, as is unemployment, disability, depression and anxiety.

Risks of Bariatric Surgery


As with any major surgery, weight loss procedures carry some risks. Our surgeons and dedicated care team will carefully review all potential risks well before your surgery. Common complications include pneumonia, blood clots, infection, bleeding, leaking at staple lines, ulcers, hernia and gallstones. Generally, the risks associated with weight loss surgery are significantly less than the risk of remaining morbidly obese.

Please note: Patient results may vary. Weight loss success also depends on many other important factors, such as nutrition, exercise, behavior modification, and more. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment.

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