What Patients Should Know About Gastric Sleeve Surgery and the Risk of Infection
By Fernando Garcia on May 25, 2014
It's important that all patients who visit our practice understand all of the potential risks and benefits associated with any surgeries that they undergo. By knowing all pros and cons, patients are better able to make empowered decisions about the care they undergo. The team at our bariatric surgery center will help every patient make great choices with regard to weight loss and improving their lives going forward.
One common concern about bariatric surgery is the potential risk of infection. We would like to go over this matter in some detail so that you have a realistic outlook on the safety and effectiveness of this weight loss surgery.
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Some basics about gastric sleeve surgery first. Gastric sleeve surgery is the surgical reduction of stomach size, limiting a patient's calorie consumption while also reducing sensations of hunger in the process. It is a low-maintenance weight loss surgery that yields results comparable to gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery.
Infection As a Surgical Risk
Infection is a potential side effect following any sort of surgery. This goes for bariatric procedures as well as other kinds of surgical matters. It's important that patients keep this in mind before they undergo any sort of invasive procedure, but thankfully these risks have gone down over the years.
How common is infection after gastric sleeve surgery?
Infection from gastric sleeve surgery is thankfully quite rare. A major part of this is due to advances in sterilization and surgical methods. Clean surgical suites, meticulous surgical planning, and great attention to the post-surgical recovery process have meant far less chance of patents suffering from infection and associated complications.
Performing Surgery In a Full-Service Hospital
Each weight loss surgery is performed at a full-service hospital with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. The hospital maintains high standards for sterilization and cleanliness, which means that the chances of infection are kept very low.
Discussing All Phases of Surgery from Beginning to End
Preventing infection begins before the surgery is ever performed. We always make sure to discuss the pre-operative and post-operative process with patients in full detail. This allows patients to prepare for surgery and be in ideal health for the recovery process. This sets up ideal conditions for quick healing that is free from problems. This level of pre-planning helps improve overall patient experience and results.
Taking Care of Every Patient Who Visits
On top of state-of-the-art care and careful treatment planning, our team also takes great care of the patient when they are with us for surgery. Accommodations are set up in a fine hotel near the hospital, and patients are provided with a private driver who brings them to the hotel, hospital, and practice. This level of attentiveness makes the recovery process as relaxing as possible, allowing the patient to rest and concentrate on healing.
Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
If you would like to learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, we encourage you to contact our Tijuana bariatric/weight loss surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and making sure you understand all of the risks and benefits of the weight loss surgery procedures.