We Represent Patients Injured Due To Weight-Loss Surgery Errors
Because of the publicity it receives, bariatric surgery to promote weight loss appears more routine than it really is. In fact, this procedure is major surgery and has a high rate of post-operative complications. Common problems include bleeding, infection, leaking from the suture line, and pulmonary embolisms. Bariatric surgery can also lead to the death of the patient. These circumstances can be the result of negligence by members of the surgical team or hospital. Even a “successful” surgery can result in negative changes in a patient’s lifestyle.
If you have been harmed due to a bariatric surgery error, contact our law firm in San Antonio today for a free consultation. We advise and represent medical malpractice victims throughout Texas and nationwide.
Types Of Bariatric Surgery
Types of bariatric weight-loss surgery include:
- Gastric banding surgery, in which the stomach is made smaller with an inflatable or fixed band around the upper part of the stomach
- Gastric by-pass surgery, the most often performed weight-loss surgery in the U.S. A small pouch is created that bypasses the rest of the stomach. There are several types of by-pass surgery that are collectively known as malabsorptive surgeries.
Complications Of Bariatric Surgery
Our law firm has helped people who have experienced problems after gastric by-pass and gastric banding surgery. Medical negligence in these procedures can take the form of:
- Failure to diagnose or treat post-operative problems such as infections, leaking of gastric juices, and bleeding
- Failure to evaluate the patient correctly before surgery
- Failure to adjust gastric bands in the event of pregnancy or wasting disease
- Failure to monitor nutritional intake after surgery
- Hernias caused by open surgery
- Failure to diagnose gallstones
- Failure to identify breakdown of the gastric band in banding surgery
Patients who have laparoscopic surgery often recover more quickly and have less discomfort than those whose weight-loss surgery uses a traditional open incision. There is pressure on surgeons to use laparoscopic techniques when they do not have adequate experience. This is a frequent cause of problems in bariatric surgery patients.
We Have The Legal Experience And Medical Knowledge To Build Strong Cases
Founding attorney Jeffrey C. Anderson has decades of experience handling medical negligence cases, and he has a medical background as a former commanding officer of a medic-training company at Fort Sam Houston. This combination of legal experience and medical knowledge enables him to identify medical issues and present a strong argument for compensation after complications caused by medical negligence.