What Compensation Could We Be Entitled to Receive From Gastric Bypass Malpractice Lawsuit?
When an individual is suffering health issues associated with obesity, one option to help the patient lose weight is Gastric Bypass. Most gastric bypass procedures are performed using the Roux-en-Y laparoscopic gastric bypass surgical procedure. Roux-en-Y laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is considered to be the most complex and difficult procedures to operate laparoscopically. Therefore, many patients experienced complications during the gastric bypass procedure and post-operatively. If the complication is caused by medical malpractice, you or your loved one could be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover monetary compensation.
About Gastric Bypass Surgical Procedures
Gastric bypass is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. The surgical procedure entails partitioning the patient’s stomach into a small upper stomach and a bigger lower stomach. The two sections of the stomach are then connected to the small intestine. The medical procedure aids in weight loss by decreasing the stomach’s functional volume.
Patients who have undergone successful gastric bypass surgery can lose as much as 70 to 80% of their body fat in the first year. Weight loss results also depend on the patient’s diet and exercise habits. The significant and rapid weight loss makes Gastric bypass a popular procedure for those struggling with obesity and obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, back pain, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues.
The Risks Connected With Gastric Bypass
There are risks in all types of invasive surgical procedures. Gastric bypass surgery requires the surgeon to make a connection between the bowel and the stomach. This connection is called anastomosis. Many complications involve anastomosis. The most prevalent risks connected with gastric bypass include:
- Anastomotic Leakage. When the anastomosis has not been sealed, the anastomosis may release gastrointestinal fluid into the patient’s abdomen.
- Anastomotic Stricture. If the anastomosis develops too much scar tissue, certain foods may not move through the digestive system.
- Anastomotic Ulcer. Ulcers may form on or around the anastomosis connection due to bacteria or insufficient blood supply.
- Fatalities. A patient could tragically pass away as a result of surgical complications that are not quickly diagnosed and treated.
- Infection. Abdominal infections inside or around the incision are caused by contaminated medical instruments, faulty technique, and other surgical errors.
- Nutritional Deficiencies. One of the side effects of gastric bypass surgery is a lowered ability to absorb vitamins, iron, calcium, and other essential nutrients.
Medical Malpractice Involves the Following Four Key Legal Elements:
- Duty. The surgeon has a duty to provide quality care to the patient.
- Breach of duty. The surgeon’s actions did not meet the “standard of care” for a patient’s medical procedure.
- Damages. The patient experienced specific harm or injury.
- Causation. The patient’s injuries or harm was caused by the surgeon’s actions and is not attributable to any other reason.
Actions That May Constitute Gastric Bypass Medical Malpractice:
- The physician prescribed gastric bypass surgery knowing the patient has disqualifying medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, or any other severe health issues increase the patient’s risk of complications.
- The doctor did not get your informed consent for the surgery.
- The surgeon performed the gastric bypass surgery incorrectly, causing food and digestive fluids to leak into the patient’s abdominal cavity.
- The doctor did not monitor the patient for postoperative infection or any other post-surgery complications.
- The patient complained of fever, pain, or other postoperative symptoms that may be complications, and the physician failed to perform the essential tests to determine the cause of your medical condition in a timely manner.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive in a Gastric Bypass Lawsuit
Each state is unique in terms of the types of damages that patients may pursue in a medical negligence case. Monetary compensation for gastric bypass medical malpractice and surgical errors may include:
- Lost Wages
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Reduced Quality of Life
- Other Damages
Did you or a loved one suffer serious complications during or after a gastric bypass surgery? You or your loved one could be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses.
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