The New York medical malpractice attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have a great deal of experience representing the victims of medical malpractice that occurs as the result of gastric bypass surgery. Our medical malpractice lawyers know how devastating these gastric bypass surgery injuries can be, and are aware of the emotional and financial costs of such medical malpractice. We are committed to obtaining the best possible financial results for the victims of medical malpractice and their families. If you or a loved one has been victimized by medical malpractice or medical negligence, we urge you to contact one of the New York medical malpractice attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP immediately. Our compassionate and committed medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of medical malpractice and gastric bypass injuries get their lives back on track.
Have you or a loved one suffered from gastric bypass surgery injuries as a result of medical malpractice?
Thousands of Americans have opted for gastric bypass surgery in recent years, and the high risk surgery may even riskier due to inexperienced surgeons rushing into the field without adequate training. Surgeons promote laparoscopic surgery to patients as safer than traditional more invasive surgery. However, the gastric bypass is so difficult that patients of surgeons who have done fewer than 70 to 100 operations are more likely to complications and death from medical malpractice s than patients of more experienced doctors. Some hospitals allow surgeons to operate after one weekend gastric bypass seminar, during which they do a handful of cases under the guidance of a more experienced surgeon.
When surgeons began removing gallbladders laparoscopically in the early 1990s, hundreds of patients who had suffered complications from an operation long considered routine filed malpractice claims against their surgeons. Many of these doctors had not undergone much training. The surge in claims occurred three years after the first laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and malpractice specialists expect a similar spike in claims from bariatric surgery patients and their families.
Gastric bypass operations require the cutting and reconnecting of tissue, which can result in serious problems with the suture (stitches) or staple line connections. Leaking of gastrointestinal juices from the surgical connections can lead to serious infection, abscess, peritonitis and death. Any evidence of symptoms that might be caused by a leak should be immediately investigated. The failure to take the gastric bypass patient’s complaints seriously, and quickly act, is a prime example of this type of medical malpractice.
Death is becoming more frequent with gastric bypass surgery. In addition to gastric bypass surgery leaks, the most common cause of death is pulmonary emboli (clot), respiratory (breathing) failure, and gastric dilatation (abnormal enlargement). Common gastric bypass postoperative problems include infection and opening of the skin suture line, small bowel obstruction, kidney problems, gallstones, nausea and vomiting, hernia, and electrolyte and vitamin imbalances. When a leak is occurring, time is of the essence so that irreversible infection leading to organ failure and death does not occur. Exploratory surgery must be done when there is high suspicion of a leak.
Even the busiest and longest-running programs in the country see one patient die every 200 to 300 surgeries, and a 10 percent complication rate. At Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, seven patients died after gastric bypass surgery in the past two years. One surgeonâ€™s medical malpractice caused these deaths, and that doctor, voluntarily stopped performing gastric bypass surgery.
If your experienced serious problems following gastric bypass surgery including leaking that resulted in infection, excessive pain after surgery, clotting, difficult breathing, or kidney problems, and your doctor did not take your concerns seriously or you were not monitored during your recovery, you may be a victim of gastric bypass surgery medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one suffered from gastric bypass surgery complications as a result of medical malpractice, you should contact one of the gastric bypass medical malpractice attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP immediately. Our New York medical malpractice lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.Â Please click here for a free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation. Our medical malpractice lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.