Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice

by on Oct. 08, 2012 in Accident & Injury · Medical Malpractice, Accident & Injury · Personal Injury, Accident & Injury · Wrongful Death

Summary: It is important for people to understand that all surgeries carry risks and gastric bypass surgery is a major abdominal procedure. If a medical mistake is made by the surgeon or medical personnel, the patient may suffer serious injuries or even die.


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Elective surgeries including gastric bypass surgery have become some of the most common surgical procedures in the United States.  Gastric bypass surgery is a choice made by people who have difficulty losing weight through diet and exercise.  It involves taking a loop of bowel and bypassing the major section of the stomach, which creates a smaller pouch that contains around one or two ounces.  A patient will feel fuller with a much smaller amount of food, which leads to weight loss.

Since gastric bypass surgery has become so commonplace in modern society, many people do not contemplate the risks involved with this procedure.  It is important for people to understand that all surgeries carry risks and gastric bypass surgery is a major abdominal procedure.  If a medical mistake is made by the surgeon or medical personnel, the patient may suffer serious injuries or even die.

Patients can be harmed by gastric bypass surgery if there is excessive bleeding, leaks in the gastrointestinal system, or the stomach leaks into the abdominal cavity which can cause infections or blood clots, or anesthesia mistakes.  Some people even die from medical mistakes made during gastric bypass malpractice.  People who have gastric bypass surgery also risk long term problems including gallstones, hernia, vomiting, ulcers, malnutrition and bowel obstruction. 

Another danger from gastric bypass surgery and one that most people have probably never given any thought to is anesthesia malpractice.  Anesthesia errors can happen with any weight loss surgery including gastric bypass, stomach stapling, and lap band.  With such a strong demand for weight loss surgery, many doctors have entered the field, some of whom are not properly trained, especially when a medical emergency occurs.  Many places that perform gastric bypass surgery use anesthetists who are not medical doctors trained in the administration of anesthesia like anesthesiologists.  Sometimes these anesthetists are poorly trained and when a medical emergency arises, the patient can be seriously injured or die.

Another important consideration patients need to keep in mind is many gastric bypass surgeries are not conducted in hospitals but rather in doctor’s offices or surgical centers.  This creates a problem if a medical emergency occurs.  Many of these facilities do not have the resources a hospital has including equipment, OR nurses, and emergency room surgeons.  If a medical emergency happens, the patient may be kept waiting for a long period of time until an ambulance can transport him or her to the hospital.  During this period, the patients’ condition may escalate from a serious situation to a life threatening emergency.  The patient may end up with severe and permanent brain damage or die as a result.

The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates has handled many medical malpractice cases involving gastric bypass malpractice and anesthesia malpractice.  Some of these cases involved severe brain injuries or wrongful death.  If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury or died from a gastric bypass operation, plastic surgery, or other medical procedure, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Call the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates for a free consultation at (800) 541-9376 or visit the website.  Dr. Fagel is a top medical malpractice lawyer and a licensed medical doctor.

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