In recent years, Lap-Band surgeries have become more common in the treatment of morbid obesity. The Lap-Band surgery involves installing an inflatable band around the patient’s stomach, creating less space for the absorption and digestion of food. After the band is installed, a patient will feel “full” even after consuming reduced portions. The Lap-Band surgery is often touted as a day surgery procedure, and is sometimes marketed as a risk free option to health weight loss. These surgeries can create extreme heath risks to patients. Some of these risks include puncture wounds to the patient’s bowels during the procedure. If a bowel is punctured during the procedure, the patient is at risk to develop sepsis, necrosis of the bowel tissue, and peritonitis, or poisoning of the blood. These complications can be fatal.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of a Lap-Band surgery, you need attorneys familiar with the standard of care required during these procedures. Call the attorneys at Meyerson today for a free Lap-Band consultation.