Baltimore and Washington D.C. Attorneys Fight for the Rights of Gastric Bypass Malpractice Victims Medical malpractice lawyers seek justice on your behalf after gastric bypass malpractice causes harm

Gastric bypass is the most common type of weight-loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) in the United States. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), in 2017 about 228,000 people underwent bariatric surgery. As this number continues to grow, so does the number of malpractice claims related to gastric bypass and related surgical procedures.

The medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have more than 30 years of experience in helping medical malpractice victims get compensation for their injuries. If you were injured as a result of gastric bypass surgery, contact us for a free consultation and assistance.

Malpractice can occur with various types of weight loss surgeries

Generally, bariatric surgeons prefer gastric bypass surgery because it tends to have fewer complications than other types of bariatric surgery. But, all bariatric surgeries, including gastric bypass, are major surgeries with the potential for serious complications. Doctors must ensure that patients are aware of the risks, including the life-long behavioral changes required after surgery.

The medical practice of bariatric surgeries provides patients with a variety of surgical options for weight loss assistance. As explained by the ASMBS, some of the most popular procedures include:

  • Gastric banding. An inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to restrict its expansion.
  • Biliopancreatic diversion. Up to 80% of the stomach is removed to limit food consumption.
  • Stomach stapling. The stomach is divided into two smaller sections to restrict food intake.
  • Gastric bypass. The stomach is divided into a smaller section that only holds about an ounce of food. The smaller intestine is cut and directly attached to the modified stomach pouch.

Risks associated with bariatric surgeries

Bariatric surgery is not appropriate for everyone who is severely overweight. There are medical guidelines that doctors should follow, including a thorough physical and psychological screening process. People undergoing bariatric surgery should be made aware that they will need to make permanent lifestyle changes. Patients require long-term strategies and follow-up care.

Risks associated with any gastric bypass surgery include

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Gastrointestinal leaks
  • Breathing and lung issues
  • Death

Other risks and complications of bariatric surgery include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Hernias
  • Gallstones
  • Dumping syndrome (causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting)
  • Malnutrition
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Vomiting
  • Ulcers
  • Stomach perforation
  • Death

Bariatric surgeries don’t always work. Many things can go wrong during or after the surgery that can cause very serious health problems. Complications resulting from these surgeries may be due to physician malpractice. Fill out this form for a free consultation or contact our office at 410-234-1000.

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