Gastric bypass surgery is rapidly becoming one of the most widely used surgical procedures in the country. People who are having problems controlling their weight are often candidates for gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery involves taking a loop of bowel and bypassing the major portion of the stomach, therefore creating a smaller pouch that contains approximately 1 or 2 ounces. When a patient eats, they feel full with much less food, leading to weight loss.
However, people tend to think because gastric bypass surgery has become such a common elective surgery that there are no risks involved. This is not true. Gastric bypass surgery is major abdominal surgery and with this surgery comes risks. Medical negligence from surgery can cause the stomach to leak into the abdominal cavity, which can result in an infection, or a blood clot. Ulcers, a hernia, anemia, and other medical problems can occur. In serious cases, serious brain damage or even death may result.
Another problem with elective surgery such as gastric bypass is an anesthesia error. This can occur not only with gastric bypass, but a lap band, stomach stapling, lipo suction, face lifts, breast augmentation, or even rhinoplasty. A simple miscommunication between the anesthetist and the doctor, or an anesthetist who is not properly trained, can result in a catastrophic injury or even death for the patient. Many gastric bypass operations are performed outside of a hospital setting, which places the patient in even greater danger should a medical emergency occur. While the patient is waiting for an ambulance to transport them to the hospital, precious time could be slipping away, resulting in even greater damage to the patient.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury from a gastric bypass operation, plastic surgery, or other medical procedure, you may have a case for medical negligence or medical malpractice. Contact Dr. Bruce G. Fagel for a free consultation. Dr. Fagel is a leading medical malpractice attorney and a licensed medical doctor. In addition to 30 years practicing law, Dr. Fagel worked for over 10 years as an emergency room physician, so he understands medical negligence, and how to prove exactly where the medical negligence occurred. Visit gastric bypass surgery complications video for more information.
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