Gastric Bypass Surgery Errors
Made popular on medical dramas and TV shows, gastric bypass surgery is still a serious surgical procedure that you may elect to have done in order to begin repairing your health and reducing your weight. However, it comes with many risks if not performed properly. Even experienced and properly trained surgeons are capable of making grave errors if protocol is not adhered to. You also risk pre- and post-operation errors.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s medical negligence during a gastric bypass procedure, you may have a Chicago malpractice claim. An experienced Chicago injury lawyer can help review your situation and determine if you have a claim. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we are experienced and aggressive in fighting for your recovery, but compassionate to your needs. Let us help you so you can heal and recover. You can contact us by live chat or by calling (312) 801-2014 for a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys.
Types of Bariatric Procedures
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, includes gastric bypass surgery and other types of procedures. A few of the common surgeries include:
- Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y) – In this type of procedure, the surgeon creates an incision across the top of the stomach and seals it from the rest of the stomach. The pouch that remains can only hold about an ounce. The small intestine is then cut and sewn directly onto the pouch.
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) – Commonly known as lap band surgery, LAGB entails a surgeon adding an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach to compress it like a belt. Essentially the band separates the stomach into two parts, and the upper pouch that is created by the band can be adjusted to relax or restrict. It is a relatively simple surgery compared to Roux-en-Y.
- Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch – In this type of bariatric surgery, 80 percent of the stomach is removed. What remains is the valve that moves food to the small intestine (pyloric valve) and part of the small intestine that normally connects to the stomach (duodenum). This type of surgery limits food quantity and nutrient absorption.
- Vertical Banded Gastroplasty – Commonly known as stomach stapling, this procedure is less popular because it does not lend itself well to long-term weight loss. In this procedure, the stomach is divided into two parts to restrict food. The upper pouch is small, and it empties into the lower pouch of the stomach.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy – A newer type of bariatric surgery, sleeve gastrectomy changes the structure of the stomach to be tube-shaped. It is actually the first part of the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch surgery.
Bariatric surgery is done in one of two ways – open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. With open surgery, a large exterior surgical cut will be made to open your abdomen. In a laparoscopic surgery, a tiny camera at the end of tubes is placed in your abdomen through smaller cuts.
Gastric Bypass Errors & Negligence
All surgeries come with potential risk. Some of the complications that could arise from gastric bypass negligence include:
- Blockages to vital organs
- Blood clots
- Blood loss
- Breathing problems
- Heart attack or stroke during or after surgery
- Organ failure
Physician errors can happen for many reasons, including:
- Failure to recognize warning signs of complications
- Failure to diagnose or treat post-operation problems such as infections, leaking, or hemorrhaging
- Failure to evaluate patients correctly before surgery
- Failure to adjust gastric bands in case of other disease or pregnancy
- Failure to monitor nutritional intake after surgery
- Hernias caused by open surgery
- Failure to diagnose gallstones
- Failure to identify breakdown of gastric band in LAGB procedure
A gastric bypass surgical error may be a result of medical negligence, and you may have a Chicago medical malpractice claim if you have suffered injury as a result of a botched procedure. If this is the case, you may have a right to compensation for medical bills, corrective surgery, future medical expenses, disfigurement, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you were injured due to a gastric bypass surgery error, please contact us today at (312) 801-2014 to speak with one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys. We will evaluate your situation in a free legal consultation and walk you through your options.