Gastric bypass complications are an unfortunate byproduct of bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery has grown in popularity in recent years. It is a procedure used to treat obesity and avoid the health problems obesity causes. For people who are morbidly obese and who have tried other weight loss methods and failed, they may view surgery as their only option. However bariatric surgery should not be recommended for everyone that is overweight. It should only be considered once more traditional weight loss options have failed. Additionally other health related criteria must be met. Candidates should undergo psychological assessment to determine suitablity. Nutrional counselling is also required to assist the patient in the significant dietary and lifestyle adjustments needed to make the surgery a success.
Bariatric surgery is an intrusive surgical operation. It achieves its weight loss goal by reducing the size of the stomach. There are various methods of accomplishing this. Some bariatric procedures involve the stapling of or rerouting of the stomach and intestines. Lap band surgery narrows the passage into the stomach. The procedures can be done by way of open surgery as well as by way of a laparoscopic procedure. The list of possible procedures include:
Silastic Ring Vertical (Fobi Pouch)
Antecolic Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
Laparoscopic Gastric Band
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
Laparoscopic Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
Gastric Bypass complications can include leakage of gastric fluid, gastric bleeding, bowel obstruction or the creation of a pulmonary embolism. Leakage can lead to infection or sepsis if not recognized and repaired. Lap bands that are not secured properly can slip out of position or suffer erosion. Nutritional malabsorption following surgery can also occur which if unrecognized can create its own set of problems.
Gastric Bypass Complications Caused by Malpractice
The ocurrence rate of gastric bypass complications is thought to be directly related to the amount of experience possessed by the surgeon performing the surgery. The fact that a complication has arisen does not mean that malpractice has occurred. If however the gastric bypass complications were caused by
to confirm the patient was a suitable candidate for the procedure
to counsel the patient on alternative weight loss methods
to have the patient use alternative beneficial weight loss methods
to inform the patient of the material risks of the surgery
a failure to fully pursue alternative treatments
performing the surgery properly
to recognize and act on complications
to follow-up with and properly monitor patient
then the criteria for medical malpractice may have been met. A lack of experience can result in the failure to recognize and properly treat post-operative leaks. Post-operative leakage that is not recognized or treated is the circumstance that can most often lead to serious injury or death as a result of gastric bypass complications.
Malpractice Lawyers and Gastric Bypass Complications
If you or a loved one have suffered gastric bypass complications as a result of bariatric surgery performed negligently then you may contact us for a free consultation concerning your legal rights and options. You may contact us by calling 416.862.0997 or if you reside outside of Toronto or the GTA at 1.866.900.0997. You may also complete our case evaluation form in the sidebar and we will contact you.