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Gastric Bypass Malpractice

Gastric Bypass Malpractice Injury Lawsuits

Gastric Bypass Malpractice | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Malpractice: Injury, Death, Invasive Surgery | Gallbladders, Bariatric

With thousands of obese Americans opting for gastric bypass surgery, a growing collection of research suggests that this increasingly popular operation can have a hidden risk: inexperienced surgeons. Surgeons promote laparoscopic surgery to patients as safer than traditional more invasive surgery.

But the gastric bypass is so difficult, according to physicians who have tracked the results of their cases, that patients of surgeons who have done fewer than 70 to 100 operations have complications more often and a greater chance of death from those complications than patients of more experienced doctors. These results are exacerbating worries that surgeons are rushing into the field without adequate training. Some hospitals allow surgeons to operate after one weekend seminar, during which they do a handful of cases under the guidance of a more experienced surgeon.

When surgeons began removing gallbladders laparoscopically in the early 1990s, hundreds of patients who had suffered complications from an operation long considered routine filed malpractice claims against their surgeons. Many of these doctors had not undergone much training. The surge in claims occurred three years after the first laparoscopic gallbladder removal, and malpractice specialists expect a similar spike in claims from bariatric surgery patients and their families.

Last fall, patients died after gastric bypass surgery in Boston, Providence, and Iowa. In at least the Boston and Providence cases, surgeons performed the operations laparoscopically. The chiefs of surgery at both hospitals involved Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence said the surgeons were experienced. Even the busiest and longest-running programs in the country see one patient die every 200 to 300 surgeries, and a 10 percent complication rate.

At Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, seven patients died after gastric bypass surgery in the past two years, six of them in 2003, including several in October. One surgeon involved in the cases, Dr. Akella Chendrasekhar, voluntarily stopped performing the surgery.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Gastric Bypass Malpractice

If you or a loved were injured during gastric bypass surgery, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified malpractice attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Study Finds Risks of Bariatric Surgery Increase with Patient's Age

Mar 21, 2006 | Newsinferno News Staff
Risk Of Complications Associated With Bariatric Surgery. A study conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and published in the March issue of Archives of Surgery has found that the risk of complications associated with bariatric (obesity) surgery increase with the age of the patient. The team found that every extra year of age carried an additional 6% increased risk for complications. This included the more serious complication such as leaking, dehiscence, or...

Experts Debate Safety of Various Weight-Loss Surgeries While Lawmaker Urges Strict Oversight of Obesity Surgery Programs

Jan 3, 2006 |
Several Surgical Options To Help Them Lose Weight. Overweight Americans now have several surgical options to help them lose weight, including gastric bypass surgery, adjustable stomach bands, and an operation which removes part of the stomach and reroutes the intestines. Doctors, however, are divided on what is the safest and most effective procedure.Gastric bypass, in which the stomach is stapled to reduce its size, is currently the most frequently performed weight loss surgery in...

Researchers Find Bariatric Surgery Deadlier than Previously Thought

Oct 19, 2005 |
Stomach-Shrinking Surgery Is More Dangerous Than Had Been Thought Especially For Men. Recent studies suggest that stomach-shrinking surgery is more dangerous than had been thought especially for men, the elderly, and people with conditions such as hypertension. A study of 16,155 Medicare patients by Dr. David Flum of the University of Washington, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found less experienced surgeons are putting patients at risk. According to...

Stomach Surgery's Risks Higher Than Were Believed

Oct 19, 2005 | Washington Post
Patients Facing A Far Greater Chance Of Being Hospitalized And Dying. Stomach surgery to treat obesity is much riskier than had been thought, with patients facing a far greater chance of being hospitalized and dying following the increasingly popular operations, according to two large new studies.One analysis of more than 60,000 California patients found they were twice as likely to require hospitalization after the operations than before, while the second study of federal data from more...

California Surgeon Accused of Gross Negligence and Incompetence in the Treatment and Death of Several Gastric-Bypass Patients

Jul 28, 2005 |
Gastric-Bypass Surgeries Gone Wrong. Dr. Terry L. Sanderfer has a lucrative practice specializing in weight-reduction surgery. Unfortunately, he has also been sued more than 20 times for gastric-bypass surgeries gone wrong. In fact, according to public records and the doctor’s own accounting, 13 of his gastric-bypass patients have died from complications stemming from surgeries he performed. Medical Board of California Is Seeking To Revoke Sanderfer’s Medical License Now, the...

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