Gastric band negligence
Gastric band surgery is a popular surgical procedure, performed as a form of weight loss surgery. More than 10,000 gastric bands are fitted every year in the UK. During the procedure, the size of the stomach is reduced using an adjustable band, so that only small meals can be eaten. The band can be inflated and adjusted by a surgeon by injecting liquid into a tube under the skin.
Gastric bypass surgery is slightly different; this procedure works by making the stomach smaller and the digestive system shorter. The overall aim is to make patients feel more ‘full’ after eating smaller portions, and as a result, lose weight.
The amount of people undergoing weight loss surgery has greatly increased over the last ten years. As obesity rates in the UK continue to rise, an increasing number of patients are opting for surgery as a quick option to help them lose weight. It is now estimated that nearly a million obese Britons may be eligible for weight loss surgery, including gastric bands.
Weight loss surgery carries risks and can lead to complications such as post-operative infections, leakage and gastric bands slipping. The risks of exposure to anaesthetic are also more serious to those who are overweight. Despite this, many patients are still not fully aware of the potential dangers involved before proceeding with surgery.
Our areas of gastric band claim specialism
Here at Stephensons, our areas of specialism include, but are not limited to:
- Post-operative infection
- Post-operative care
- Surgical error
- Gastric bands slipping
- Injury to the stomach
- Injury to other organs
- Negligent treatment abroad
- Weight loss surgery (bariatric)
If you have been affected by any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss a possible compensation claim.
Laura Sheehan settled a claim for £8.4 million for negligently performed weight loss surgery. The client suffered a severe infection which was inappropriately treated, causing damage to her brain and resulting in impaired mobility and the need for life long care for the client.