Many people use weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass and LAP-BAND® procedures to lose weight and help control their caloric intake. While these surgeries are often effective at promoting weight loss, they can also pose many serious health risks to patients. Some of these risks include infections, permanent digestion problems, and possibly even death.
The Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm understand that side effects from weight loss surgery procedures are often caused by healthcare providers’ negligence. While there are many possible complications, three of the most common examples of negligence include…
- Failure to adhere to or develop patient selection criteria - Not every person that wants bariatric surgery is a good candidate. Doctors are responsible for selecting appropriate candidates for surgery based on their age, BMI, any existing conditions, any history of substance abuse, and other criteria.
- Failure to recognize complications from surgery - All hospital staff, including doctors, nurses, and surgeons, should be trained to recognize complications from bariatric surgery. It could be something as simple as an infection, to something as serious as internal hernias or pulmonary embolisms.
- Failure to train surgeons in techniques for bariatric procedures - The techniques for bariatric surgeries have advanced significantly over the past several years. Many surgeons who perform these procedures may not have the most up-to-date training, certifications, or experience.
If you’re suffering complications from bariatric surgery, the hospitals or healthcare providers who were negligent may be held responsible for your medical bills and lost wages. Call the Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm to discuss your surgery. We can help you recover the damages you’re owed.