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.
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.