It’s estimated that more than 9,000 people in the United States are morbidly obese. As the obesity epidemic continues to rise in America, the number of people look to surgical options has increased. While it’s not a magic bullet, surgery can help people lose weight by restricting the amount of food a person can ingest, and it rewires the intestines to keep a person from absorbing all the calories and fat. The stomach is made smaller, about the size of a pouch, and those who undergo this surgery can feel fuller quicker.

More Surgeries Means Greater Risk For Complications

Over the years, the operations have changed. It started out with simple stomach stapling and then has progressed into the gastric sleeve. There are four different surgical procedures currently in use today, which includes the new gastric balloon. Regardless of which surgery you have undergone, there is the risk for complications. Sure, you’ve researched and found the best doctor and clinic for your operation, but the risk of death is still not to be ignored. Many people have lost their lives because they feel that the desire to be thinner and healthy outweighs the considerable risk of having a surgical procedure.

What Happens During Gastric Bypass?

When having a gastric bypass procedure, there are two necessary steps to complete the rerouting. First, the stomach must be made smaller, and this is done by cutting the excess and suturing a new stomach area. The next step is to make the bypass, which allows a person to avoid absorbing too many calories when they eat. A hole is made in the pouch where the small intestines will now be connected. Any food eaten after the surgery will go through the pouch and down into the bowels where it will be automatically eliminated. Since the body cannot absorb as many calories as it once did, the patient loses massive amounts of weight.

Laparoscopy Decreases Healing Time and Issues

Today’s surgeries are done laparoscopically. Doing the operation this way is less evasive. The tiny camera goes into the abdomen, and the surgeon can control it with little effort. Since the tools are so small, the healing time and scars are significantly reduced. Using this method requires a shorter hospital stay as well as faster recovery times. If the surgery cannot be done laparoscopically, then the surgeon must open the patient up using an old-fashioned scalpel. The healing time is longer, and there are more significant risks of developing complications. Either way, expect the surgery to last anywhere from two to four hours in length.

The Risk of Difficulties

Because so many of these surgeries are performed each day across this country, the chances of complications arise. We see more people who had medical malpractice occur from negligence from the doctor or staff that treated them. Some of the most common problems include hernia, infections, blood clots, internal leaks, or difficulties where the incisions were not completely closed. If these complications are serious, then it can cause a person to enter a septic state, which is blood poisoning caused by bacteria entering the body. The goal is to repair the problem and fix the leak as soon as possible.

The chance of a post-surgical problem increases with age. Those that are over 60 years of age have a higher risk of presenting with difficulties. There are more than 200,000 of these surgeries done each year, which only increases the chances for problems to arise. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of all operations done for obesity result in complications within the first six months post-surgery. We often help clients that have kidney and respiratory failure, gallstones, pulmonary embolisms, and bowel obstructions.

Legal Representation Is Essential

The problem with these surgeries is that most people are not advised of the many risks that are involved. The side effects are sugar coated to get more people through the doors and on their way to health. If you or your loved one has undergone a gastric operation and had complications, you have rights. You need a strong legal team working by your side.

Get a free case evaluation today and see if you can get compensation for the pain and suffering you experience during or after gastric bypass surgery. At Zayed Law Offices, we make your claim our priority. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 815.205.8979.