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Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit for gastric bypass surgery? This is a question you may be asking if you had gastric bypass surgery and have been suffering complications as a result of that surgery.

One of the largest health problems in the United States is the problem of obesity. Far too many people are overweight. In fact, two out of every three people who are the age of 20 and older in the United States are either obese or overweight. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bariatric surgery

One of the many ways that Americans try and deal with this health problem is through a type of weight-loss surgery that is known as bariatric surgery. There are actually several forms of weight-loss surgery that are under the heading of bariatric surgery.

One of the primary kinds of bariatric surgery is gastric bypass surgery. It does two primary things.

First, it changes the way that the food you eat is handled by your stomach and small intestine. It does so by making your stomach smaller. In doing so, you will not eat as much food as you used to eat, thus you lose weight.

Prevents food

The other thing that gastric bypass surgery does is to prevent food from going into parts of your small intestine and stomach that function in breaking down the food you eat. Consequently, your body fails to absorb the full amount of calories from your food.

While this may seem wonderful if you are extremely obese, gastric bypass surgery is dangerous and can involve some serious, even deadly complications. Some of these are:

Post operative leaks
Abdominal infection
Internal hemorrhaging
Metabolic bone disease
Respiratory arrest
Heart problems

As mentioned at the beginning, you are one of those who had gastric bypass surgery and are experiencing one of the complications listed above or possibly some other complication. The thing you want to know is whether you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

There are several things that may be an indication of medical malpractice. If any of these things are true in your case, it may be wise to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for gastric bypass surgery. These things include:

Not being fully informed about the risks of this surgery
Failing to follow-up with and properly monitor you
An inexperienced surgeon who performed the surgery
The surgery being done in an improper manner
Failing to diagnose and treat gastric bleed, properly
Failing to diagnose or properly treat the leakage of gastric fluid
Failing to recognize and act on complications
Failing to recognize that you were not an appropriate candidate for this kind of surgery.

If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice that resulted from having gastric bypass surgery, you will need the advice and assistance of a personal injury attorney in filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. The reason for this is because the issues involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit are highly technical and complicated.

The best thing to do is to have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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