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How many people ACTUALY die or have complications?

Started by danelle235, May 05, 2013 5:53 PM
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Posted May 5, 2013 - 5:53 PM

There doesn't seem to be any consistent information out there. We know that 1 in 100,000 people die in skydiving accidents. 18 per 100,000 people die in car accidents with South-East Asia and Africa having the highest rates. Can anyone tell me the risks/ statistics of this surgery to put in in perspective??


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Posted May 5, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Ask your specific surgeon how many leaks deaths their specific practice has had. This is a better Indictator IMO.


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Posted May 5, 2013 - 6:03 PM

I've seen it listed as low as .01% up to 2% but keep in mind.. This is a surgery like any other.. Things CAN go wrong, but as long as you have a very competent doctor most likely you will be fine.

There is a risk of leaks after, but most doctors test and retest for them, so as long as you follow their diet you should be ok. Blood clots are another.. My doc had leg squeezers on me, and blood thinners.. Walk as much as you can post surgery to help with those as well. Infection is another risk.. Keep your wounds clean and wash your hands regularly.

What I am getting at here is it is a surgery, but you and your doctor can do a lot to prevent these things from happening. Follow the instructions given to you and you should be fine..

I had it in my head that I may not make it off the table, and it was just added stress for nothing as I am alive and well and lost 60 lbs already. It's worth the risk in my eyes.

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