I think the risks with the sleeve are even lower than that. cutting into the spleen is a rather large blunder IMO ... i dont even remember reading that on the list of possible complications.I've been bed ridden for long periods of time with a broken back and other problems, luckily i managed to avoid any clots through meds and in-bed physio. I hope your cousin can find some closure with the tragedy.
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I'm sorry for the loss of your family member. My best suggestion is to just listen and offer your condolences and try your hardest to remember this is not about the VSG in general and most especially not about your and your sleeve. Your cousin in law is VERY VERY freshly bereaved and is trying to make sense of her loss . She is in no condition to listen to facts and figures about the safety of VSG surgery -- she's casting about for someone or something to blame for the loss of her beloved aunt. I know it's super hard, but the kindest thing you can do is keep biting your tongue and just offer your support and sympathy.
And congratulations on your success so far!
This is just heartbreaking. Please accept my condolences.
but, you are correct that sometimes bad things happen in life, and that's the reality of life.
I would certainly certainly think that death associated with a sleeve is very very unusual.
But death is always a risk, with almost any kind of surgery, especially ones that involve general anesthesia, I would think.
The truth is, the kind of injury she got could happen with probably many other kinds of abdominal surgeries, not just the sleeve.
I have a very dear nonobese friend who was terrified when I told her that I planned WLS -- she was afraid that I would die. I explained to her that, without the surgery, I was afraid that I would die. We take risks in life -- surgery is a risk -- hopefully we take these risks with full knowledge of the potential dangers...this is why WLS is usually only for those of us who truly have serious health complications and risks from obesity ...
Again, condolences to your cousin in law...
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT
Your cousins aunt had surgery and then had complications which sadly turned out to be fatal. the sleeve did not kill her, hell probably not even the doc cutting into her spleen killed her either. it is just a string of unfortunate events that took place in just the right order to end a life. If you are fat you can die from all of those things you mentioned. Your cousin is in a very bad place and you do not have to take any of her comments to heart. it is not necessary nor will it benefit you nor her because you are at different minds sets.
This is very sad and unfortunately a complication that was unforseen. Your cousin in-law was hurt, angry etc and her words came from her emotions. Do you know where in KY she had her surgery? I live in KY and am considering surgery. Thanks.