The Dangers Of Gastric Bypass And Banding Surgeries
Across the country, bariatric weight-loss surgery has become extremely popular for overweight and obese people who want to lose weight. However, despite the promise of improving health, these surgeries can be extremely dangerous, resulting in serious complications such as:
- Blood clots and excessive bleeding
- Leaks at the staple lines
- Incision hernias
- Bowel obstructions
- Organ perforation
- Weakness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating (dumping syndrome)
These complications are more likely when doctors operate on patients who aren’t good candidates for surgery, or when they fail to monitor the patient’s condition before, during and after surgery. Because these procedures involve such a steep learning curve, the surgeons who perform them must be highly qualified. Their inexperience can also contribute to disastrous outcomes.
Has Negligence By A Surgeon Left You Worse Off Than Before?
If you opted for gastric bypass or other weight loss surgery — only to end up in much worse condition than you were before — you’re not alone. Many people find themselves facing this nightmare because of medical negligence. For legal guidance regarding complications from these surgeries, turn to a member of our legal team at the law office of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates in Boston, Massachusetts.
Because we have doctors and nurses on our team, we can readily provide qualified medical opinions and legal advice regarding your situation. You can rely on us for a swift and thorough evaluation of your right to compensation.
Our team is familiar with bariatric surgeries and complications such as:
- Gastric bypass: This surgery is drastic, invasive and irreversible. It involves partitioning the stomach (reducing its functional size by over 90 percent) and restructuring the small intestines. There are many ways this procedure can go wrong. If the surgeon makes the connection between the stomach segments and the intestine too tight, food becomes unable to pass through, leading to severe vomiting and malnutrition. If the connection isn’t tight enough, stomach contents can leak out into the abdominal cavity, leading to a severe infection called peritonitis.
- LAP-BAND procedure/gastric banding: Although not as invasive as gastric bypass, this procedure (typically performed laparoscopically) has its own set of risks and potential complications. It involves placing an adjustable band around a portion of the stomach, reducing its size and capacity. The procedure is reversible. Nonetheless, serious problems can arise if the band is misplaced or constricted too tightly.
- Bleeding and blood clots: With any type of surgery, especially with gastric banding and gastric bypass, bleeding is always a possible complication. Postoperative care must include close monitoring and proper precautions to reduce these risks.