Many people in the Pittsburgh area are weight conscious, and the pressure to be thin is great. Also, more people are health conscious and believe that surgically removing the extra pounds can be beneficial for their health. These surgeries are popular, but surgical errors do occur.
Bariatric surgery has become extremely popular in the U.S. In the ten years between 1998 and 2008 the number of weight loss surgeries increased from 13,000 to more than 200,000. There are three main types of bariatric surgery. One is gastric bypass where the digestive system is rerouted past the stomach to suppress hunger. The second is a gastric band which is a band that is placed on the top part of the stomach which makes a person feel full. And the third is a sleeve gastrectomy where the majority of the stomach is removed to create a smaller stomach so that a person can’t eat as much.
Although there are several thousand weight loss surgeries performed each year there are careless surgeons that cause a serious injury to patients. Complications from these weight loss surgeries include blood clots, hernias and bowel leakage. If a person believes they have suffered an injury as the result of a weight loss surgery they may wish to pursue a lawsuit. It is important to review medical records, investigate the surgery and determine who was negligent.
Although weight loss surgery can lead to a healthier life for many people there are still risks involved in the surgery. If negligence caused a weight loss surgery injury it is important for victims to understand their legal rights.
Source: medicalnewstoday.com, “Weight loss surgery: do the benefits really outweigh the risks“, Honor Whiteman, Nov. 28, 2013