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Professional lawyers seek justice on your behalf after medical malpractice causes harm

Between 2011 and 2013, more than half a million people underwent some form of bariatric surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). As this number continues to grow, so does the number of malpractice claims stemming from these surgical procedures. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have more than 30 years experience in fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims. If you were injured as a result of gastric bypass surgery, contact these skilled attorneys for trustworthy assistance.

Malpractice can occur with various types of weight loss surgeries

The expansion of this medical specialty has provided 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.

Identifying malpractice in bariatric surgery

The complexity of the gastric bypass surgery makes patients particularly susceptible to mistakes and problems pertaining to the procedure. 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 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 you were the victim of gastric bypass malpractice, 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. These 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 in your case. Contact the office at 410-234-1000 for a consultation.