Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is hardly a simple procedure. During this hours-long process, the stomach is either “stapled” or surgically reduced to a fraction of its original size. The bowels are also rerouted so that fewer nutrients can be absorbed.

Though the Hollywood stars would tout the benefits of this miracle of science that is performed on thousands of morbidly obese persons around the globe, the adverse side effects are rarely mentioned.

First, any surgical procedure, gastric bypass surgery included, is risky. In fact, 0.5% of all gastric bypass surgery patients die on the operating table or shortly thereafter. Whether from blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, or other medical reasons, they never have the opportunity to “enjoy” the results of their gastric bypass surgery.

Secondly, the patient is subject to severe pain after gastric bypass surgery,. He or she can barely eat anything, and the experience is usually emotionally and physically draining for several months. In fact, many persons who undergo gastric bypass surgery wind up having chronic depression because they were not fully prepared for the psychological outcome of their procedure.

Next, adhesions (scar tissues) begin to form on the intestines and in the stomach after gastric bypass surgery is over. These adhesions can sometimes cause major bowel obstructions which require further surgery to correct.

Finally, many persons who undergo gastric bypass surgery have trouble retaining any nutrients at all, putting them at risk for a number of diseases related to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

And there are other complications, including hernia and bowel leakages.

Thus, gastric bypass surgery, which has seemed like a “cure” for the morbidly obese, may really be a nightmare in the guise of a pleasant dream. For those who have had adverse side effects as a result of their gastric bypass surgery experiences, especially when the surgery can not be reversed, they can never lead the same lives as they did before.

Our team of legal experts is here to assist you if this scenario sounds familiar. Perhaps you or someone you care about has gone through gastric bypass surgery with less-than-pleasant results. You need advice, but aren’t sure where to turn.

Give us a call or send an email and we’ll walk you through a no-obligation consultation to determine if you or your loved one can collect compensation for the negative results of a gastric bypass surgery procedure. We can help you get the financial restitution you deserve. Contact us today.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery: Procedure, Complications and Risks page is provided by, updated 6/24/2006.