Designed to induce weight loss, Gastric Bypass surgery is an intrusive surgical operation that makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. With Gastric Bypass surgery, patients feel full more quickly than when their stomach was its original size. This reduces the amount of food they eat and thus the calories consumed. Bypassing part of the intestine also causes fewer calories to be absorbed by the body.

The main types of gastric bypass operations include:

  • Open Roux-en-Y (Rny)
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y
  • Fobi Pouch
  • Distal Gastric Bypass
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPG)
  • BilioPancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

Gastric Bypass Malpractice

Although some Gastric Bypass injuries are unpreventable, many occur due to Gastric Bypass malpractice. Gastric Bypass malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes harm or personal injury to a Gastric Bypass patient through negligence.

Because Gastric Bypass surgery is a major operation that poses significant risks and side effects, an alarmingly large number of Gastric Bypass patients suffer serious complications or die. In fact, a recent study by researchers at the University of Washington found that 1 in 50 people die within one month of having gastric bypass surgery, and that figure jumps nearly fivefold if the surgeon is inexperienced.

Gastric Bypass Malpractice Lawsuits

As a result of the large number of people suffering complications and dying after having Gastric Bypass surgery, medical malpractice claims involving Gastric Bypass are increasing each year. The most common causes of Gastric Bypass malpractice are:

  • inexperience surgeons performing the procedure
  • failure to diagnose and properly treat leakage of gastric fluid
  • failure to diagnose and treat pulmonary embolism
  • failure to diagnose and properly treat gastric bleed
  • failure to properly screen potential bypass patients

Gastric Bypass Malpractice Lawyers

If you have been injured by Gastric Bypass malpractice, or your loved one has died due to Gastric Bypass malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Our attorneys and experienced co-counsel can answer your legal questions and inform you of your legal rights and options.

To learn more about your potential Gastric Bypass malpractice claim, contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by