Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery Errors: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Mistakes from Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgeries Can Be Life-Threatening: Learn More From our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer


Bariatric surgery is generally considered to be a safe surgery.  For many years it has been one of the most successful surgeries for weight loss.  Good results from bariatric surgery not only reduce a person’s weight, but it lowers the risk of other serious medical problems or conditions due to obesity.  This is achieved by either restricting the amount of good that can fit in your stomach (making you feel full quicker and eating less), or through malabsorption which is achieved by shortening or bypassing part of the small intestines which absorbs calories.


There are several different types of bariatric surgeries which could be performed.  These include the following:


  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – This is when the surgeon creates a small pocket at the top of the stomach where food can be received.  Because this pocket is much smaller than the stomach, a person can only ingest a small amount of good at a time which greatly limited the amount of food that a person can eat at any one time.  The small intestine is then re-routed to this new stomach which shortening the amount of space that the intestine can absorb calories.
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding – This is when a band and inflatable balloon are placed around the upper part of the stomach which creates a smaller pouch with a narrow opening to the stomach.  This means that a patient cannot fill his or her stomach with as much food because the balloon displaces space, making the person feel fuller faster.  This is reversible, unlike most other types of bariatric surgeries, as nothing is being cut.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy – This is when the a surgeon cuts a portion of the stomach out and re-forms the remaining piece into a “tube” structure.  The smaller pouch cannot receive a lot of food which limits what you can eat, and it also removes a portion of the stomach which produces a hormone that makes you want to eat.


Mistakes and Complications from Bariatric Surgery Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


With any of these surgeries, while generally safe, the risks associated with them can lead to serious personal injuries and wrongful death.  This is because these mistakes are likely to be debilitating, painful, and even fatal.  Some common risks include the following:


  • Anesthesia errors – every surgery above requires a patient to be under general anesthesia, which is a concoction of three drugs that could result in very serious personal injuries or wrongful death before a surgeon even walks into the operating room.  Anesthesia errors are very dangerous for these reasons.
  • Infection – any surgery where there is an incision carries a risk of infection. But bariatric surgeries carry a huge risk of infection on the inside too.  This is because the intestines and stomach hold a lot of bacteria, both good and bad, which can quickly cause massive internal infections in your abdominal cavity near your heart, lungs, and other vital organs.  This can quickly spread to your blood and become sepsis, which is another very dangerous blood-borne infection.
  • Surgical errors – whenever a knife is being welded inside of the human body in a very small space, it can result in very serious injuries.  Even though laparoscopic surgery is generally very safe, it can result in very serious consequences when a physician slips. Surgical errors can result in very serious personal injuries.
  • Burns/Surgical fire – it is likely that a bariatric surgery will use the components to make fire; pads to absorb bleeding, strong disinfectants to sterilize, and cauterizers.  This mix of accelerant, fuel, and heat make the perfect combination for a serious fire.
  • Leaks and Bleeding – when the surgeon is cutting and reforming parts of the stomach and intestines, there could naturally be a leak.  While rare, a leak—even a small one—could allow toxic sludge into your abdominal cavity which results in a catastrophic infection.


Were You Injured from a Bariatric Surgery?  Did You Have Horrible Complications?  It May be Oregon Medical Malpractice


Victims of severe complications from bariatric surgery should call for a FREE case analysis.  This is generally a safe and effective surgery, so when it does not go that way that could indicate there were medical errors which could have or still put your life at risk.  Call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to learn how we may be able to help you.


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