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Bariatric Surgery - Medical Malpractice

Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery is done to change your digestive system so that you cannot take in very much food at a time. You then lose weight as a result of the surgery-up to a hundred pounds or more. The surgery is extreme and you really can't eat more than a tablespoon or two of food at a time. The medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, are diminished when you have bariatric surgery and your blood pressure goes down. The most common bariatric surgery is called gastric bypass surgery because it shrinks the size of the stomach and sends the food down a bypassed stomach. Take care of your body. You need to follow carefully the directions of the bariatric surgeons and nurses so that you don't throw away a good opportunity to lose weight.

Gastric bypass surgery has benefits and risks. The benefits are the weight loss and the changes in cardiac risk factors and diabetes. The risks are infection, bleeding complications, hernia and death from surgery that are very real risks.

Surgery with a gastric bypass is best done if a person has a BMI of 40 or more. If you have risk factors for obesity such as diabetes or high blood pressure, the surgeon may also do surgery if your BMI is between 35 and 40.

There are several types of weight loss surgery. Some of these are:

There are many complications of gastric bypass surgery and related surgeries, which include bleeding problems, hernia formation and infection. Vitamin or mineral deficiencies can occur, and you can get gallbladder problems, such as gallstones. Kidney stones can form as can food intolerances. You can get low blood sugar or hypoglycemia from not eating enough sugar and being insulin resistant. Death at the time of surgery is possible and is higher than with other surgeries. Deep vein thromboses can occur and pulmonary emboli can cause death due to blood clots in the lungs. There can be leakage along the incision lines and loss of staples. There can also be constriction at the level of the bypass so no food passes through and the procedure must be repeated to prevent recurrent vomiting. Depending on the surgery, there can be dumping of food suddenly into the intestines from the stomach, a syndrome called dumping syndrome.

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