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How Are Doctors Responsible for Weight Loss Surgeries?

Many people choose bariatric 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 also pose serious health risks to patients, including infections, permanent digestion problems, and even death.

The Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm understand that many patients who undergo bariatric surgery develop complications that interfere with their daily lives. Side effects of bariatric surgeries are often caused by healthcare providers' negligence. Some 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 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.

Hospitals or healthcare providers who are negligent while planning or performing bariatric surgery may be held responsible for your medical bills and lost wages. The Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm is available on your schedule to answer all of your legal questions. You are welcome to call us anytime at (203) 806-9256.