Bariatric Surgery, Negligence And Serious Injuries

Bariatric surgery, which is intended to promote weight loss, includes Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, stomach stapling, gastroplasty and the lap-band procedure, among others. It is an increasingly common medical procedure intended to help patients regain control of their health.

Unfortunately, surgical errors during these procedures can lead to severe injury or death. At Garmer & Prather, we are committed to holding doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals accountable when they harm a patient through an act of carelessness or another negligent practice.

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The attorneys of Garmer & Prather provide compassionate representation to injured clients and their families. Our firm is based in Lexington and handles malpractice cases throughout Kentucky.

Complications may arise during bariatric surgery due to the surgeon's negligence or defective medical equipment. For example, defective vena cava filters sometimes become dislodged, migrate through the body and cause serious damage to pulmonary arteries, the lungs and other internal organs.

A physician should always begin by evaluating risk factors to ensure that a patient is a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery. The physician must also carefully select and properly use the correct medical equipment. Whether bariatric procedures are conducted through modern laparoscopic surgery techniques or with a traditional incision, the surgeon must take care to keep the patient safe. If he or she fails to do so, the patient may have a claim for injuries that result from the procedure.

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