Which factors increase the risk of postoperative morbidity following bariatric surgery?

Updated: May 28, 2019
  • Author: Alan A Saber, MD, MS, FACS, FASMBS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Although there is a statistical increase in the number of patients needing cholecystectomy after obesity surgery, the number is small enough to prevent suggesting a prophylactic procedure at the time of their bariatric surgery. [42]

Risk factors associated with an increased risk of postoperative morbidity include the following [44] :

  • Recent myocardial infarction/angina
  • Stroke
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Hypertension
  • Higher BMI

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