Most Americans are now learned about gastric bypass surgery and how such
is used to combat obesity. This surgery doesn’t only help people
control weight; it also helps treat diabetes, heart disease, among other
Experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys know that gastric bypass surgery is not a new type of procedure. It is
more popular today than it was twenty years ago, but the procedure has
been around for more than fifty years. Advances in gastric bypass surgery
have been made, nonetheless, complications still exist and preventable
errors continue to occur.
If you or a loved one was injured by the negligence of a doctor or other
medical professional during gastric bypass surgery, you have rights that
you can protect through civil litigation founded upon a medical malpractice claim.
Common medical mistakes that happen when a gastric bypass was performed
negligently include kidney damage, postoperative leakage, and gallstones.
While studies can help suggest reasons for these complications, the medical
profession still is not completely learned as to
why those risks persist.
Postoperative leaks are the
most common risks and medical professionals are aware of how they happen, and how to treat the leak. The major problem arises
when medical professionals fail to look for leaks, recognize when a leak
has occurred, and subsequently treat the patient for the leak. Many common
types of radiological imaging can detect leaks, and these tests could
be used even if the patient is not experiencing negative symptoms. Even
though this problem is common, in many instances the decision to test
for possible leaks is left to the discretion of a doctor.
Moreover, adjusting to life post surgery needs medical attention. Remember
that these patients will not be able to eat in a way that you or I can.
Their meal portion sizes are extremely small and some foods cannot be
consumed. The effect is that patients can become malnourished if not under
the care of adequate post surgical medical professionals.
These avoidable problems can lead to a patient’s death. Some studies
suggest that one in 200 gastric bypass patients die due to operative complications;
other studies suggest one in 500 gastric bypass patients die shortly after
surgery—many of these due to
Complicating the matter is that the standard of care that doctors must
adhere to when performing gastric bypass surgery will vary depending upon
the patient’s unique medical factors. The standard of care also
varies from region to region and will depend upon the varying capabilities
of each unique medical facility.
What this illustrates is that gastric bypass patients who have been injured
by a medical professional will need the assistance of experienced medical
malpractice attorneys so that their chances of obtaining compensation
may be increased.
Learn more about the different kinds of surgical errors caused from medical
malpractice in the latest article
published on our website available here. Also learn about the common causes and common types of surgical errors in
our blog post available by clicking here. More specifically, read about the dangers of back surgery due to surgical
our blog post available here.
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