Bariatric procedures or weight loss surgery is used by surgeons as a final resort to help patients loose a significant amount of weight.
Surgery may be performed as either an NHS or private operation.
All surgeons performing bariatric surgery should carefully explain all of the potential risks of the particular operation recommended as well as the potential benefits. Failing to obtain the ‘informed consent’ of a patient before any surgery may result in a successful claim for compensation should that patient go on to suffer unwanted effects of the operation.
Examples of a negligent bariatric surgery seen are:
- The placement of a gastric band at the wrong site causing a blockage;
- The placement of a gastric band at the wrong angle causing a blockage;
- The failure to properly perform gastric bypass surgery leading to a leak, or failing to diagnose the leak leading to further complications and treatment; and
- The wrong type of bypass procedure performed causing significant unwanted side effects.
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For further information please see Frequently Asked Questions about Clinical Negligence Claims. We act for clients throughout the UK and internationally. To speak to a member of our specialist team of medical negligence solicitors, please call 01825 761555 for free initial advice about your claim.