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
- Gastrointestinal leaks
- Breathing and lung issues
Other risks and complications of bariatric surgery include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Dumping syndrome (causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Stomach perforation
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.
Identifying malpractice in bariatric surgery
For people who are desperate to lose weight, it’s a difficult (and sometimes dangerous) choice to have gastric bypass or other form of bariatric surgery The complexity of the gastric bypass surgery makes patients particularly susceptible to mistakes and problems. Some of the most common gastric bypass malpractice errors include:
- Improperly recommending or authorizing gastric bypass. Individuals with certain preexisting conditions, such as heart or lung disease, are inappropriate candidates for gastric bypass. A physician may commit malpractice by recommending these patients as candidates for the surgery.
- Improper reconstruction of the stomach. Before surgery is complete, your physician has a duty to correctly reconstruct your stomach for the prevention of leakage and dangerous infections. Improper reconstruction can lead to substantial health challenges and a need for further treatments.
- Failure to timely identify and repair a surgical leak. Some bypass procedures require a surgical joining of two structures, known as anastomosis. If this junction leaks, it can cause peritonitis, sepsis, and even death if it is not timely diagnosed and repaired.
The identification of gastric bypass malpractice can prove challenging, due to the possibility of natural side effects and the responsibility of self-care placed on the patient after the procedure is completed. To determine if gastric bypass malpractice occurred, speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney serving clients in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Maryland.
Consult with an experienced gastric bypass malpractice attorney for assistance in Washington D.C. or Maryland
Victims of gastric bypass malpractice should contact the law office of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for a reliable consultation about their case. Our attorneys have spent more than 30 years fighting to secure compensation for malpractice victims, and their commitment to justice has resulted in numerous awards. Put this knowledge and experience to work for you. Fill out this form for a free consultation or contact our office at 410-234-1000.