Bariatric / Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass / Bariatric Surgery are intrusive (even when done laparoscopically) surgical procedures involving the stapling of or rerouting of the stomach and intestines or, in bariatric surgery, the reduction of the size of the stomach. As a result, food and nutrition bypass the usual physiological route that food travels through the body. This type of surgical procedure is not recommended for everyone that is overweight. There are several specific criteria that you must meet before a surgeon will perform gastric-bypass surgery. Several of the main types of Gastric Bypass surgeries include Open Roux-en-Y, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y, Fobi Pouch, distal Gastric Bypass, Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPG) and Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

Sometimes surgeons do not adequately assure that the stomach and/or intestines are closed and reattached properly and the operation "leaks" into the patient's abdomen. This situation can lead to serious and life-threatening infections. Another common post-surgery negligence issue is when a bariatric surgery patient develops an intestinal blockage following surgery. This can lead to serious gastric complications or a condition known as "aspiration" (when stomach contents end up in the lungs), both of which can kill a patient if not prevented or treated immediately.

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