If you or someone you love had complications following weight loss surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, you may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim. To learn more, contact the Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.
Weight Loss Surgery
Yale-New Haven Hospital is one of several hospitals in Connecticut to offer weight loss surgery for individuals throughout the state. It offers three main types of minimally invasive weight loss or bariatric surgery procedures: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Lap-Band® Surgery and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
This is the most common type of weight loss surgery. It creates a smaller stomach (about the size of a golf ball) from the existing stomach. Patients eat less because they fill up faster. In addition, food bypasses the greater part of the stomach on its way to the intestines. Because of this, the food is in less contact with digestive fluids and fewer calories are absorbed.
This procedure also decreases the capacity of the stomach. The surgeon inserts an inflatable silicone band encircling the upper part of the stomach, creating a new, small stomach pouch. The amount of food as well as the kinds of foods that can be consumed at any one time is reduced. Lap-Band® surgery is considered safer than the gastric bypass since no cutting, stapling, or rerouting of the stomach occurs.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This is one of the newest minimally invasive weight-loss procedures, especially appropriate for patients who have the highest risk of surgery, either because their medical history might limit their other options or because of their weight. Sometimes it is used as an initial approach to other types of weight loss surgery. The surgery involves removing 80 percent of the stomach, with a small tube or “sleeve” remaining.
Complications of Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery can have severe side effects. Some of them are due to errors of the surgeon or hospital staff. These complications may include:
- Stomal stenosis
- Blood clots
- Severe infection
If you or someone you love experienced any of these problems following weight loss surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, you should contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC to find out if you have a legal claim. Even if you are unsure if negligence occurred, you should call us to find out. We will investigate the details of your surgery to determine if malpractice contributed to your complications. To learn more, schedule a consultation with an attorney at our firm today.