According to statistics, more than 200,000 Americans have undergone some form of gastric bypass surgery each year. This surgery is aimed at helping obese people lose weight, but it comes with its own share of risks, complications, and medical errors. These errors lead to bleeding, hernias, post-operative infections, and even death.
A qualified and experienced attorney can help you with your medical malpractice claim and help you get the best possible financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. A lawyer can assess your case, check whether you have grounds for a lawsuit or not and file a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf. They might also be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the responsible healthcare provider or doctor or advocate vigorously in court on your behalf.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
A gastric bypass surgery is a rather invasive surgery that involves the banding, stapling, or rerouting of the small intestines and stomach. This allows the food and nutrition to bypass the natural physiological route that it travels. A Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is the most commonly performed type of gastric bypass surgery procedure.
This surgery involves the creation of a small stomach pouch surgically out of a portion of the stomach, and then attaching this pouch directly to the small intestine. This allows a large part of the duodenum and stomach to be bypassed. This new stomach is rather small and cannot hold too much of food. The food skips the duodenum and therefore the body's absorption of dietary fat is substantially reduced.
Most Common Causes of Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice
Medical malpractice in a gastric bypass surgery may be caused due to the following reasons:
- The surgeon who is performing the gastric bypass surgery is not experienced enough
- Sepsis/septicemia (infection) is not diagnosed or treated appropriately in time
- Leakage of gastric fluid that is not diagnosed or treated appropriately in time
- Pulmonary Embolism that is not diagnosed or treated appropriately in time
- Gastric bleed that is not diagnosed or treated appropriately in time
- A patient not a being identified as marvelous or ideal candidate for a gastric bypass surgery
Complications and Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
In the last few years, there have been as many complications and risks associated with gastric bypass surgeries as they have been surgeries. Some of these complications include failure to diagnose pulmonary embolism, failure to timely diagnose leakage or perforation of the bowel connections after surgery or failure to provide appropriate vitamin and nutritional support after the surgery. Every risk or complication that arises can lead to a potentially life-altering or even life-ending event.
Every surgery is the responsibility of the medical care practitioner or the doctor to ensure that the surgery is performed within the norms and that the patient recovers without any complications. If there is any problem, it is the responsibility of the medical malpractice lawyer who can help you recover what you are due.