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The Dangers of Doctor Negligence in Elective Bariatric Surgeries

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San Jose surgical error attorneyAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40% of adult Americans suffer from obesity, totaling approximately 93.3 million people. In addition to making daily activities more difficult, obesity increases the likelihood of conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. 

If weight-loss methods such as dieting and exercise fail, or if there is an immediate medical necessity, many people consider the option of bariatric surgery. Although this type of operation has the potential to improve the living conditions for the patient, many people experience unnecessary injuries or worse due to surgical errors made during these procedures.

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term referring to several types of weight-loss surgery. One of the most well-known and widely-used methods is gastric bypass, accounting for 47% of all weight loss surgeries. Many doctors prefer the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass operation, due to a slight decrease in potential complications. In this option, surgeons divide the stomach into two portions, one large and one small, then reroute the intestine to use the smaller portion of the stomach. The other two popular methodologies are the usage of an adjustable gastric band, which restricts food intake, and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which removes a significant portion of the stomach.

The Risks Your Doctor Should Explain

All three of the most common weight loss surgeries today include the removal or restriction of healthy organs to change the normal functioning of the digestive system. Due to the in-depth process of the operation, blood clotting, leakages, bleeding, and infections are highly possible. Aside from minor side effects, nearly half of all patients that undergo weight loss surgery experience serious complications. Some of the more common problems include:

  • 0.14% experience fatality.
  • 5.4% require hospital readmission due to difficulties.
  • 69% have vitamin deficiency.
  • 25% have at least one broken bone within the first year.

Did Your Doctor Behave Negligently?

Doctors often quickly review a patient’s profile before suggesting weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass. Without careful review, a physician may miss preexisting health conditions such as heart disease or lung disease, which usually make a patient an unfit candidate. Additionally, although a patient’s weight loss is often necessary, it is not always imperative to lose weight immediately. Procedures performed without necessity can negligently put patients in danger of serious complications.

Contact a San Jose Doctor Malpractice Lawyer

If you underwent weight loss surgery and did not receive the expected results, or you experienced severe complications, your doctor may be liable for the injuries you have suffered. At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., an experienced lawyer will review your case and direct you toward the best course of action, providing you with realistic expectations about the financial compensation you may be able to receive. To have your case reviewed by a proven Santa Clara County medical malpractice attorney, contact us by calling 408-289-1417 today.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bariatric-surgery/about/pac-20394258

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

https://www.dietdoctor.com/why-weight-loss-surgery-is-not-the-solution

https://guidedoc.com/gastric-sleeve-surgery-need-to-know

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