Is weight-loss surgery safe?

Published: Friday, February 10, 2023

There is a common misconception that weight-loss surgery is dangerous – but nowadays, many of these surgeries are done robotically with smaller incisions that lead to less downtime and lower readmission rates. With new technology and techniques, weight-loss surgery is safer than ever before. In fact, it is now considered safer than having your gallbladder removed.

New Technologies

Robotic bariatric surgery is becoming increasingly common. With 3D HD visibility and instruments that can bend and rotate within small spaces with greater efficiency than the human wrist, robotic surgery boasts many benefits: less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospitalization, faster recovery, lower rate of infection, lower risk of follow-up surgery and a lower rate of gastrointestinal leakage.

Lifestyle Changes & Benefits

It’s important to note the risks that come with obesity far outweigh the risks that come with bariatric surgery. By not addressing obesity, individuals may struggle with heart disease, severe arthritis, difficult to control diabetes, sleep apnea and a higher risk of death due to health complications.

There are several factors to considering when exploring bariatric surgery.

In order to be successful, patients must be willing to adapt to a variety of lifestyle changes, including:

  • During meals, eating protein first with limited carbohydrates
  • Drinking only zero calorie beverages
  • Avoiding alcohol for one year after surgery
  • Avoiding caffeine after surgery
  • Committing to physical activity every day
  • Committing to daily vitamins and protein supplements

The positive effects of bariatric surgery include:

  • A longer lifespan
  • A decreased risk for cardiovascular disease
  • A reduction in sleep apnea and joint-related problems
  • Remission of diabetes
  • Improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • An increase in the quality of life

Learn More

The Bariatric Weight Loss Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center specializes in weight-loss services and will work with you to create a customized plan to fit your lifestyle and health needs. With a variety of surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss options, we are here to help you achieve your goals. Visit our website at for more information.