Anastomotic Leak, Sepsis, Pulmonary Embolism, and Early Hemorrhage: How Do I Diagnose and Manage Early Complications of Bariatric Surgeries and Procedures?

  • Katrin TakenakaEmail author


Bariatric surgeries have become the second most commonly performed abdominal surgery in the USA. It can be difficult to identify bariatric patients with potentially serious complications because they may not always present with typical signs of severe illness (e.g., peritoneal signs, fever). In these patients, tachycardia should be considered a clue to the presence of significant disease (e.g., dehydration, pulmonary embolus, gastric leak, sepsis). The complications of bariatric procedures may be described as early or late. In addition, some complications can occur following any invasive procedure while others are associated with specific types of bariatric surgeries.


Surgical site infection Deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolus Postoperative bleeding Anastomotic leak GI obstruction Dumping syndrome Gastric stenosis Esophageal/gastric pouch dilatation Gastric slippage Gastric injury/necrosis Bariatric complications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGovern Medical School (part of UT Health/The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)HoustonUSA

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