Case study: negligent gastric bypass surgery - £7,500
‘Claire’ collapsed and had to undergo further surgery after a gastric bypass operation was carried out to a poor standard. Thankfully she made a full recovery and was not left with any permanent health problems however her ordeal was distressing and resulted in her collapsing and being admitted to intensive care.
Failure to investigate symptoms following operation
With a BMI of 48 Claire was keen to lose weight to improve her health and well-being. After being referred to an NHS surgeon who specialised in such operations a plan was put in place for her to have the surgery a few months later.
The surgery went ahead as planned and initially it seemed without complication. Claire stayed in hospital for two days and on the last day was found to have a fever and signs of infection. However doctors told Claire she could go home if she wished without properly investigating the symptoms and ensuring she was reviewed by a consultant. Claire returned home to continue her recovery with drugs she had been told to self-administer.
Complications after the surgery
Claire initially seemed to make progress with her recovery, however a few weeks after her discharge from hospital she collapsed at home. Within a few minutes Claire felt better so decided not to seek medical help on this occasion.
However a few days later Claire began vomiting and collapsed again. An ambulance was called and she was taken to hospital. Claire’s pulse and blood pressure were checked and both were found to be high. Further investigations revealed that she had suffered a significant bleed in her digestive tract and she was taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit.
A further operation
The surgeon who had carried out Claire’s gastric band surgery reviewed her condition following her hospital admission.
In addition to the bleed, it was found that an abscess had formed in Claire’s abdomen. Further investigations demonstrated that the blood supply had accidentally been cut to part of Claire’s abdominal tissue during her operation, causing it to become infected. Claire was sent for urgent open abdominal surgery to remove the piece of tissue and drain the infectious fluid from her abdomen.
Claire spent six days on the intensive care unit but fortunately made a good recovery.
Thankfully Claire did not suffer any further problems from the surgery and went on to lose a good amount of weight. However she was keen to ensure lessons were learned and was put in touch with the specialist solicitors at Hospital Negligence, who secured her £7,500 in compensation for the suffering she endured due to her collapse an emergency hospital admission.
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