The National Center for Health Statistics has reported that 33% of Americans are overweight, 34% are obese, and 6% are extremely obese. It is of no surprise then that more techniques relating to weight loss are available to Americans now than ever before. Although there are so many weight-loss options available, one of the more common and efficient of the methodologies is the gastric bypass surgery.
Given how our nation’s diet and way of life have changed with the ever increasing demands on people that make it so easy to become obese, the gastric bypass surgery option is appealing to many because it seems like an equally easy solution. On average, 16,000 Americans undergo a gastric bypass surgery each year.
Gastric bypass surgeries, or bariatric surgeries, are procedures where the patient’s stomach is diminished in size – in some instances by over 90%. The surgeons do this by stapling or banding the stomach, and rerouting the small intestines. This technique lessens the amount of food that a patient will be able to take in, which also means fewer calories are being absorbed by the body. However, common but severe gastric bypass surgery side effects include:
- Adbominal hernias
- Development of gallstones
- Lekage of gastric fluids (most common)
- Pulmonary embolism
These side effects may cause infections and complications that may result in death. Medical experts hypothesize that the complications are brought about by surgical errors due to the surgeon’s inexperience and his or her failure to determine the suitability of the procedure to the patient’s history and health condition. Other studies have reported instances where the patients has suffered from hypoglycaemia (a severe drop in low blood glucose levels) because of the changed insulin sensitivity a patient experiences after undergoing a gastric bypass surgery.
If you or a loved one has suffered any of the gastric bypass surgery side effects, you may be entitled to a gastric bypass surgery lawsuit. Working with some of the leading gastric bypass surgery lawyers and medical malpractice attorneys handling cases today, the attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates want to make sure that you are afforded the legal representation you deserve in your gastric bypass claim or lawsuit.
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