Bariatric surgery, often referred to as a stomach staple procedure, has become a new concern among medical professionals as a potential medical malpractice risk. Before you have bariatric surgery is important that you retain the services of a highly professional medical doctor with no record of medical malpractice. He or she should also have lots of experience in performing bariatric surgery. Understanding bariatric surgery and the potential symptoms that can occur after medical malpractice could save your life. Over 100 lawsuits have been filed concerning post-bariatric complications resulting from a bariatric surgeon’s negligence in recent years.
What is Bariatric Surgery
For people who are obese weight loss can be a nightmare. For many obese patients surgical methods of weight reduction are the only logical solution for rapid weight loss. Bariatric surgery is achieved by reducing the size of a person’s stomach with a gastric band. This band will remove a portion of the person’s stomach or by resecting the small intestines to a small stomach pouch. The result of the surgery can reduce a patient’s mortality probability by 40%. Although the prospects of the surgery seem promising, the procedure is very serious and has to be conducted using a high degree of care.
Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Complications from bariatric surgery are frequent. Among a survey of more than 2500 bariatric patients 21.9% suffered complications while in the initial hospital stay. Common problems included gastric dumping syndrome, bloating and diarrhea, leaks around the surgical site, infections, hernias, and ammonia. With these types of complications following bariatric surgery you may want to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to decide whether your bariatric surgery was conducted in accordance with the industry standard. Bariatric surgery, is again, very serious if you suspect that you have complications from your procedure seek medical attention now.
Medical Malpractice Red Flags
Below are some common medical malpractice red flags that can occur during a bariatric procedure. You will need to exercise common sense judgment and pay particular close attention to the circumstances surrounding your medical procedure.
- Complications during the surgery
- Abnormalities in blood work
- Abnormalities on post surgical x-rays
- Longer than usual surgery
- Severe post-operative pain
The list above is not conclusive but it is a good indicator of the types of abnormalities you should look for if you suspect medical malpractice. You should always be observant before, during, and after your bariatric operation. Suspicious behavior on the part of the doctor or medical staff should be a red flag indicator of potential medical malpractice. Every case is unique and specific facts may vary from case to case but essentially if you are experiencing discomfort that seems to be abnormal to a typical recovery from bariatric surgery you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Contact the Strong Law Firm today conveniently located in Falls Church, Virginia. We have helped injured persons receive monetary compensation for their injuries for decades. Call us today.