Hundreds of thousands of obese patients in United States elect to have gastric bypass surgery each year. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) there were 193,000 gastric bypass surgeries in 2014 alone. This complex procedure helps patients lose significant weight by shrinking the size of the stomach, while altering how the stomach and small intestine process food. This is a delicate procedure that requires the talent and skill of an experienced surgeon. Because of the high volume of patients and the shortage of experienced surgeons, there has been a rise in gastric bypass malpractice.
Our medical malpractice attorneys know how the lives of families have been negatively affected due to this terrible tragedy.
The rise of gastric bypass malpractice is due to inexperienced surgeons and the complexities of the procedure itself. Medical malpractice records show that patients are most at risk from surgeons who have performed fewer than 70 to 100 gastric bypass procedures (ASMBS). The demand for gastric bypass surgery far exceeds the number of experienced surgeons. There are simply not enough qualified surgeons to successfully perform the wide range of gastric bypass procedures: Silastic Ring Vertical, Open Roux-en-Y, Biliopancreatic Diversion, Gastric Band, and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band.
Gastric bypass malpractice can result in heart problems, gastric leakage, abdominal hernia, infection, internal hemorrhaging, bowel obstructions, ulcers, anemia, tearing of the stomach, and wrongful death. In 2010, Kathryn Parker of Michigan City, IN became of the victim of gastric bypass malpractice, which left her unable to walk or perform basic tasks such as writing her name. In 2008, a Maine woman’s small intestine was twisted and stapled incorrectly during surgery. This resulted in severe health issues and the removal of a large part of her intestine. Both patients recently received large medical malpractice settlements after years of litigation.
If you have been the victim of gastric bypass malpractice, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your corner. The medical malpractice attorneys of Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska have the experience and talent necessary to help you through this difficult time. We offer specialized care and attention to assist in your complete recovery. Our medical malpractice attorneys are honored to serve your case!