The medical malpractice lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC represent people that suffer complications following weight loss surgery due to mistakes or negligence. If you or someone you love suffered serious complications following weight loss surgery at Bristol Hospital, contact us to find out if you have a claim. A Bristol weight loss surgery lawyer could help you take legal action.
Hospital information on weight-loss surgery says weight loss is a chronic disease that is difficult to cure using only medical treatment. Patients in the Bristol Hospital’s bariatric program are asked to make a life-long commitment to establish healthy habits in eating and lifestyle. Requirements for entering the program are strict.
To be a candidate for weight-loss surgery, patients must:
A team of specialists supports the patient through the weight loss program. This includes bariatric surgeons, nurses experienced in treating weight-loss patients, dieticians, exercise physiologists and mental health care providers.
There are a number of ways to use surgery for weight loss. Some methods are based on restricting food intake by making the stomach smaller. Others may use an additional procedure that interferes with the body absorbing calories.
The kinds of bariatric surgery performed at the hospital include laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, Lap-Band®, and revisional procedures. A Bristol weight loss surgery attorney could provide guidance after an injury caused these types of bariatric surgery.
This surgery bypasses a large part of the stomach and the small intestine. It makes the stomach smaller so it can hold only a minimal amount of food. Bypassing a large part of the stomach and the small intestine prevents digestive juices from these areas from reaching the food and fewer calories are absorbed. The procedure is done in two parts.
First, the surgeon, using staples, separates a small part of the top of the stomach from a much larger portion of the stomach. The small upper part, which becomes a pouch, will receive food. Because it is so small, only a minimal amount of food can go into the stomach. The patient will be satisfied by this slight amount of food. The next step is the bypass part of the procedure. The surgeon connects a bit of the small intestine (a part called the jejunum) to the pouch, bypassing the large part of the stomach and small intestine that secrete digestive juices.
This procedure reduces the volume of the stomach by 85 percent or more. The part that is removed and discarded is the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, an appetite- and hunger-stimulating hormone. This procedure is believed to have the following advantages:
Some disadvantages include:
During this operation the surgeon places an adjustable silicone band around the top of the stomach, creating a smaller stomach that holds the food. This cuts down on how much food the patient can eat and slows down digestion. The band is connected to a port implanted slightly below the skin by a thin flexible tube. A balloon inside the band can be inflated or deflated with saline during follow-up visits. This can extend the time the patient feels full.
This operation is done to correct a previous bariatric procedure that has not produced successful results.
As with any type of surgery, bariatric surgery has risks. They include:
These risks are increased by negligent care during the procedure. Mistakes that can lead to complications include:
If you suffered from serious complications after bariatric surgery and you believe inadequate care may be the cause, you can seek legal help from the Bristol weight loss surgery lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC. Our attorneys successfully represent patients that are injured by hospital negligence and can help you. Call today to get started.