Gastric bypass surgery has become a popular option for those who suffer from morbid obesity. Although the safety of the procedure continues to improve, the fatality rate is nearly twice that of other similarly complicated operations – affecting as many or more than 1 in 200 patients.
Abdominal surgery is risky. Risks include infections, heavy bleeding, inflammation of stomach’s lining, rejection of material used for sutures, blockage of the intestines because of adhesion, and incisional hernia. Leaking of gastrointestinal juices from the surgical connections can lead to serious infection, abscess, peritonitis and death. 10-20% of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery need follow-up surgery to correct such complications.
You or a loved one may have a valid gastric bypass malpractice claim if:
If you think you or a family member might be a victim of bariatric malpractice, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Weiss & Paarz today.