Missouri Bariatric Surgery Lawyer
Bariatric surgery is a surgical procedure that is ultimately aimed at reducing the size of an individual's stomach in order to reduce caloric intake. When successful, the surgery is viewed as a blessing, causing obese individuals to lose many pounds of unwanted fat. The surgery, which comes in various forms, has become more popular over the past decade primarily because insurance companies have become more apt to pay for the procedure.
However, many people are unaware that the success rate of the surgery, when compared to that of other surgeries, is very poor. Leaking of gastrointestinal juices from the surgical connections can lead to serious infection, abscess, peritonitis and death. In addition to gastric bypass surgery leaks, the most common cause of death is pulmonary emboli (clot), respiratory (breathing) failure, and gastric dilatation (abnormal enlargement). Common gastric bypass postoperative problems include infection and opening of the skin suture line, small bowel obstruction, kidney problems, gallstones, nausea and vomiting, hernia, and electrolyte and vitamin imbalances. By the second day after gastric bypass surgery pain should be greatly diminished or absent. If there is worsening pain, or back pain, or left shoulder pain, or excessive urination, or breathing difficulty, or significant anxiety, you should consult your surgeon immediately.
Not only must doctors perform bariatric surgeries with the utmost care and skill, but they also must provide their patients with adequate warnings about the outcome of the procedure. A failure to educate and warn a patient could lead to a civil lawsuit if there are complications from the surgery. A doctor may also be liable for the damages suffered from a procedure that did not go well.
If you feel that you have been a victim of malpractice related to a gastric bypass surgery that took place in Missouri, please contact us immediately. I will be happy to discuss your St. Louis malpractice case with you and answer any questions you may have. The consultation is free. I can be reached 24 hours a day at (314) 322-8515. Call me personally and I will answer any questions or concerns. There is no fee unless you recover for the personal injuries you sustained. If you do not want to call or you can't call, you can email me at [email protected]. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you through these trying times.
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