Bariatric surgery compensation claims

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, can be both daunting and life-changing for patients who undergo it. We understand the physical and psychological changes this surgery comes with, which is why in the event of negligence, we do our best to make sure patients receive the right legal advice.

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of negligence during bariatric surgery, our medical negligence experts can help. Call us free on 0808 164 0808 for a no-obligation chat, or request a call back and we will get in touch with you.

Types of bariatric surgery compensation claims

The most common types of weight loss surgery compensation claims we see relate to the following:

  • Gastric band surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery (Roux-en-Y bypass surgery)
  • Sleeve gastrectomy surgery
  • Duodenal switch surgery

You can find out more about each type below.

Gastric band surgery claims

Sometimes, the incorrect placement of a gastric band can lead to blockages, which can only be fixed with further surgery. This may also cause band slippage. Not only can this compromise a patient’s healing time, but it may also have a knock-on effect mentally.

Gastric bypass surgery claims

The most common types of claims relating to gastric bypass surgery (also known as Roux-en-Y bypass surgery) involve how the stomach joins have been stapled to create the “pouch” needed to control food intake.

If the joins are stapled incorrectly this can lead to infection and further issues that may require additional surgery. There may also be cases of negligence where the gastric bypass surgery hasn’t been completed properly, therefore causing leaks and further complications.

Sleeve gastrectomy surgery claims

During sleeve gastrectomy surgery, it is not uncommon for surgeons to leave a small hole as it can be difficult to tell if any part of the stomach has been left open. This would not be considered medical negligence. But, if a surgeon fails to suspect, identify or correct a gastric leakage in a timely manner, this would be categorised as medical negligence.

Duodenal switch surgery claims

The claims we see arising from negligence relating to duodenal switch surgery are very similar to the claims mentioned above. Like with sleeve gastrectomy surgery, duodenal surgery poses the risk of leakage and accidental openings.

For there to be cause for a medical negligence, again there would need to be proof that a problem was not identified or treated in a timely manner.

What else constitutes bariatric surgery negligence?

  • Not performing the surgery to acceptable standards;
  • Failure to identify and correct any band slippage;
  • Failure to identify and treat post-operation infections;
  • Failure to identify and treat post-operation malnutrition in aftercare;
  • Failure to recognise and treat stomach punctures that were caused by the surgery;
  • Recommending the surgery despite it not aligning with a patient’s needs.

Contact our weight loss surgery solicitors

Our resident bariatric surgery claims expert is solicitor Bhavesh Patel, who has been supporting patients with clinical negligence claims for over seven years. Aside from helping people with weight loss surgery compensation claims, Bhav is also highly experienced in birth injury claims, orthopaedic injury claims, cancer misdiagnosis claims and spinal cord injury claims.

If you or a loved one have undergone bariatric surgery, and have suffered from problems left untreated or picked up late, you may be eligible to bring a medical negligence claim. If you want to talk to Bhav and the team about your situation, we’d be happy to have a no-obligation phone call with you. Call us free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back.