Gastric Band & Gastric Bypass
If you have undergone gastric band or gastric bypass surgery and are concerned that negligence resulted in surgical error, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Likewise if you believe that you were not warned of the foreseeable risks prior to the operation.
We are here to help you pursue your gastric band compensation claim and our experienced solicitors will provide the expert guidance you need in order to reach a successful conclusion. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.
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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.
Gastric Band Surgery
The fitting of a gastric band is a form of weight loss surgery that involves the stomach being fitted with an adjustable band, which restricts the amount of food it can hold. A small camera is used to allow the surgeon to make tiny incisions so that the band can be placed on the upper stomach to create a pouch for the food, which slows down digestion and means the individual feels fuller for a longer period.
The operation is becoming increasingly popular but, as with any form of surgery - and given the intricate nature of this procedure - there is always the danger of something going wrong. If this has happened to you or someone you know, taking legal action can help to compensate for the pain and suffering caused.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery, a slightly different type of surgery, is often performed on individuals who are morbidly obese. It involves the formation of two 'pouches' in the stomach using staples and the rearrangement of the small intestine to connect to both. It means that food eaten avoids most of the stomach and part of the small intestine, which results in the individual only being able to eat small amounts of food. Unfortunately, there have also been various examples of gastric bypass surgery gone wrong.
Types of Claims
Gastric bypass or gastric band compensation claims can take many forms, including:
- The gastric band slipping or leaking
- Perforations of the gut
- Post-surgery infections
- Anaesthetic complications
- Inadequate post-operative care
- Technical problems inflating the band
Gastric band and gastric bypass surgery are both classified as types of bariatric surgery and are available through the NHS for patients suffering from life-threatening obesity. Given the high demand for this type of surgery, however, some people decide to pay privately for surgery. Regardless of whether your procedure was performed through the NHS or privately, you could be able to make a claim.
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For more information about how we can assist with your gastric band or gastric bypass negligence claim, get in touch today. Doing so is easy; simply call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back at a time convenient for you.