Risks of Surgery

Major Complications

Band: 0.5%
Sleeve: 2%
Bypass: 5%

Inherent to surgery

Injuries to structures, bleeding, leaks

Essentially any structure near the operative site can be inadvertently injured. Injuries and bleeding are not common. The risks of band surgery is around the same as gallbladder surgery.


This is more common for gastric bands and is because the band can move sometimes. The current data in Australia suggest this is around 15%, overall for bands. However, Mr Draper’s results so far are of a 2 to 5% reoperation rate.

Thorough preoperative workup is essential
Please Contact Melbourne Bariatrics on  03  9770  7189  for more information or to make an appointment
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