Gastric bypass surgeries are common in the modern medical setting. Nonetheless, they are dangerous and risky surgeries. Gastric bypass patients should expect to be in the hospital for a few days after the surgery. Recovery at home will take several weeks, if not slightly longer. If the surgery was not laparoscopic, the length of hospital stay and subsequent recovery could be longer.
The experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorney is sensitive to the needs of patients facing post operative recovery. Recovery from gastric bypass surgery is not easy, and the recovery could take longer than expected if the doctors who treated the patient made a mistake pre surgery, during surgery, and post surgery.
Complications from this procedure are serious and are compounded when the patient received negligent medical care. Patients in these circumstances should consider filling a medical malpractice suit against the negligent medical professional.
Complications from gastric bypass surgery include:
Gallstones can cause serious stomach pain, vomiting and nausea. Aftercare treatment should include looking for the signs of gallstones and educating patients on what gallstones are. Gastric bypass patients should also be advised that as much as one in four of them might need their gallbladder removed after the gastric bypass.
This occurs when the internal surgical sites are not properly connected. Gastro intestinal leaks cause pain, sickness, and can lead to death. Patients should be warned of this and instructed to talk to their doctor if pain persists.
Infections and bleeding:
This is another post operative problem that should be diagnosed by a doctor. Failures to timely diagnose an infection can lead to infection spreading, pain, and discomfort. Infections can be fatal too.
Patients may also notice blood in their stool. This is a serious problem that requires doctor notification. Doctors should discuss the possibility of this complication with patients and doctors can easily test a patient’s stool for the presence of blood.
Doctor’s failure to listen to and respond to complaints of illness, discomfort, and pain:
The best chances for a full and complete recovery from surgery arise when communication between the doctor and patient is exemplary. Doctors have taken an oath to treat the sick, and failing to respond to patient complaints is a serious breach of their obligations.
Intra abdominal hemorrhage:
Complications from gastric bypass surgery sometimes include abdominal bleeding. This is a life threatening problem that may require additional surgery to correct. Doctors must be keen to this issue and examine patients to make sure that bleeding within the abdomen is not happening.
If the negligence of a doctor has lead to any of the above, the doctor can and should be held accountable.
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