Weight Loss Compensation Claims

Weight Loss Compensation Claims

When undergoing weight loss surgery, surgeons make changes to your stomach that restricts the amount of food the stomach can take. These types of procedures have become popular over the last 10 years. An increasing number of patients are now opting for weight loss surgery.

There are different types of weight loss surgeries, most famously known as “tummy tucks” or “bariatric surgeries”. Some of the well-known weight loss surgeries are, gastric band, gastric bypass, gastric balloon and gastric sleeve. All these surgeries come with their own risks.

  1. Gastric bands; reduce the size of your stomach, which in turn reduces your food intake. The surgeon would place a constricting ring inside the stomach. It can be dangerous if the medical professional does not inform you of the foreseeable risks.
  2. Gastric bypass; this again reduced the size of your stomach and makes the digestive system smaller, making you quickly feel fuller in taking small amounts of food.
  3. Gastric balloon; this a non-invasive procedure to help people lose weight. This can either be done by a swallowing a tablet or by an endoscopy. The extraction of the balloon can be somewhat complicated.  There is potential risk of over inflation of the balloon, which can cause bleeding or a tear in the oesophagus or stomach.
  4. Gastric sleeve; this is a procedure which reduces the stomach by approximately 80%.  This again reduces the amount of food intake. It involves long term vitamin deficiencies.

The two main procedures are gastric band and gastric bypass surgery. These operations can either be done on the NHS or privately.

If you have undergone negligent weight loss surgery and have been suffering as a result, our weight loss compensation claim solicitors can take steps to help you recover compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured as a result, as well as any other losses you have incurred.  If a problem occurs after negligent weight loss surgery it can be life changing; causing physical permanent damage, and tragically, sometimes can also result in death.

There are many post-operative complications that can arise due to bariatric surgeries. We understand these and can help you obtain compensation for them.

We understand the rehabilitation process after negligent weight loss surgery can be traumatic, lengthy and expensive. Our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can advise and support you through this difficult process, for a better future.

Problems with weight loss surgery

Types of problems that can occur from weight loss surgery:

  • Failing to obtain informed consent
  • The band can be incorrectly placed
  • Joints not being stapled together properly during bypass surgery
  • Inadequate post-operative care
  • Malnutrition due to limited food intake
  • Post-operative infections
  • Leakage
  • Gastric band slippage or band erosion
  • Exposure to anaesthesia
  • Surgical errors
  • Injury to the stomach and other organs
  • Inadequate surgical procedures
  • Causing blockage
  • Death

What can I claim for?

  • Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
  • Loss of earnings
  • Travel expenses
  • Costs of medication or vitamin supplements
  • Private medical expenses
  • Care and support costs

What are the symptoms of a leak with a gastric band?

The symptoms include fever, chills, stomach pain, fast heart rate and feeling nauseous. These can be caused by problems with the materials used during surgery.

Can bariatric surgery cause sepsis?

With any bariatric surgery comes the risk of a leak and a failure to diagnose a leak or treat a leak can cause major complications, which can lead to a sepsis. Sepsis is a result of an infection in the body, that can lead to life threatening complications.

Can bariatric surgery cause heart attacks and other cardiac problems?

Essentially the answer is yes and unfortunately has led to death of patients. Although bariatric surgery can reduce heart problems in the long term, in the short term it can also cause a strain on the heart and the blood vessels. Post-operative care and follow-up appointments are important.

Is weight loss surgery dangerous?

As with other surgical procedures, bariatric surgery comes with its own risks and complications, and can go disastrously wrong. Although some procedures are deemed safe, if the procedures are not performed safely, in proper clinical settings by a competent surgeon, it can cause issues, which may be irreversible and detrimental upon your health. Such surgeries should be done by skilled surgeons and medical staff. A botched weight loss surgery can lead to several serious complications such as hernia issues, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary emboli or blood clots, blockage of the stomach, dumping syndrome and pneumonia.   

Patients need to be aware of the risks in order to make informed decisions. All patients need to go through a screening process with medical experts.

Contact our weight loss compensation claims solicitors

If you or someone you know has suffered life changing injuries caused by negligent weight loss surgery, you may be entitled compensation. Contact IBB Claims’ No Win – No Fee lawyers for a free initial consultation. We understand all patients come with their own unique circumstances, our weight loss compensation solicitors understand no one case is the same. We can make this as straightforward as possible to achieve a fair outcome. Please contact us today by calling 0333 123 9099 or email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk.

 

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