Losing weight like old times; diet and exercise does not happen as frequently as it used to. Diet pills and surgeries have entered the medical field that can help a person lose weight. Gastric bypass surgery has grown in popularity. More people are opting to have this surgery to help them lose weight. This surgery is mostly done to treat morbid obesity.
Gastric Bypass is a surgery that is used as a last measure; it should never replace the “normal” ways of losing weight. A person can suffer a wrongful death during a gastric bypass, just like in any surgery. In fact, for every 300 patients that undergo a gastric bypass surgery, one will die from the first surgery. That number does not include other patients that have to go for follow-up surgeries due to complications from their first surgery.
A gastric bypass surgery can be a great thing for a person to lose weight, but it also poses extreme risks. The wrongful death lawyers at Percy Martinez Law Firm can understand how desperate a person can be to undergo a gastric bypass, and for many, it is successful, but that small chance could result in a wrongful death.
Complications That Come from Gastric Bypass Procedure
These are some complications that can come from a gastric bypass surgery during and after:
- A hernia in the abdomen
- Problems with the heart
- Leakage from the gastric
- Obstructions in the bowels
Gastric bypass should be the last resort. Doctors should turn to other means to treat obesity before turning to this surgery. Not every surgeon is capable of performing this surgery. This surgery requires specific technique and training that should only be performed by a surgeon who has had the training and experience with gastric bypass surgeries.
Every doctor who agrees to perform a Gastric Bypass surgery must inform their patients of all the risks that can surface from the operation. The majority of gastric bypass surgeries will require additional surgeries which should be made aware to the patient.
Elements of Malpractice with Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Not exploring every possible treatment available
- Not obtaining informed consent
- Performing the surgery on a person that does not suffer from morbid obese
- Not performing the surgery adequately
- Not treating complications that arise
- Not following up with patient
Wrongful Death and Gastric Bypass Lawyers
Deciding to undergo a gastric bypass surgery is a life-changing decision that should not be taken lightly. A person should really learn of all the consequences that can come from a gastric bypass surgery. Reasonable care must be given during an operation despite the risks already associated with it. Even when the surgery has finished, the physician must closely monitor the patient’s progress. Percy Martinez Law Firm has devoted themselves to patients of wrongful deaths. Every surgery requires extreme care and attention. Families of wrongful death victims can come to the firm for assistance.