180,000 bariatric surgeries are completed every year, in America alone. The five most common bariatric surgeries include gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic gastric band (aka Lap band), sleeve gastrectomy (aka Gastric sleeve), sleeve gastrectomy with duodenal switch, and vertical banded gastroplasty (aka Stomach stapling).
There is limited statistical information about the dangers of bariatric surgery. Patients, therefore, undergo surgery without being aware or fully understanding the life-threatening risks involved. Every patient needs to know what their risks are, the severe, ongoing complications suffered post-surgery, and most importantly, that there are alternatives to bariatric surgery.