Weight loss surgical errors are increasing because of poorly trained doctors or inexperienced doctors. Patients are focused on the end result - a size 10 dress -- and often choose to ignore the string of complications which may occur. Doctors may skimp on the risks and education that a patient and his or her family need to be aware of.
It is crucial that the gastric bypass surgeon take the time to educate patients and their families about the symptoms of postoperative complications along with the need to return to the hospital if symptoms appear. The doctor is obligated to devote sufficient time to monitoring postoperative recoveries. The presence of a leak can often be confirmed by relatively simple gastrointestinal x-rays.
Gastric bypass surgery requires cutting and reconnecting of tissue. Problems with the stitches or staple line connections can be catastrophic. Leaking of gastrointestinal juices from the surgical connections can lead to serious infection, abscess, peritonitis, and death. Leaking must be investigated immediately.
By the second day after gastric bypass surgery pain should be greatly diminished or absent. If there is worsening pain, or back pain, or left shoulder pain, or excessive urination, or breathing difficulty, or significant anxiety, the surgeon must suspect a leak.
The doctor's failure to take a gastric bypass patient's complaints seriously and failing to act quickly is an example of medical malpractice.
There have been hundreds of gastric bypass malpractice settlements for irreversible infections leading to organ failure and death caused by leaks, complications following leaks, esophageal disruption, delayed diagnosis, several corrective surgeries, perforation and sepsis, and more.
If you or a family member has been the victim an inept gastric bypass surgery or a loved one has died - contact Anapol Schwartz for your free medical malpractice evaluation. Find out how we can help you in this difficult time of need.