Gastric Bypass Surgery Complications

Gastric Bypass Surgery Complications

Gastric Bypass Surgery Lawsuit

For those who are obese and struggling to lose weight, gastric bypass surgery is a popular medical procedure. However, there are now concerns over gastric bypass surgery complications as well as particular surgical items or devices used during the surgery. The California defective medical device attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are currently pursuing Gastric Bypass Lawsuits on behalf of clients for injuries and complications sustained following a procedure.

What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass surgically reduces the size of the stomach. This makes the patient full quicker, which prevents overeating. This also reduces the number of calories that are absorbed into the body during each meal. As a result, patients are able to lose weight quickly.

Since the purpose of this surgery is to make the stomach smaller, doctors use staples to separate the lower portion of the stomach for this purpose. They then connect the small intestine to the small upper portion of the stomach. Therefore, that portion of the stomach is the only portion receiving food from that point on.

Gastric Bypass Complications

Failure To Properly Reattach Small Intestine

One common complication among gastric bypass surgeries has been the failure of the surgon to reattach the small intestine to the upper stomach.

Dangers Of Gastric Bypass Staples

There has also been issues regarding the safety of the staples used. Sometimes the staples will fail and break loose, causing severe side effects, including inflammation, infection, leakage and even death. Thus far, the FDA has received reports of approximately 100 deaths and more than 9,000 serious adverse event reports concerning the surgical staplers and staples used in gastric bypass procedures.

Gastric Bypass Lawsuits In California

The California medical device and product liability team at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are experienced trial lawyers and have created a team of attorneys solely focused on investigating and pursuing gastric bypass surgery claims on behalf of victims and their families.

Our lawyers are currently handling gastric bypass surgery complication lawsuits throughout California and throughout the United States. If you or a loved one has undergone gastric bypass surgery and has suffered complications, contact us immediately for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Dangers Of Gastric Bypass Staples

Gastric Balloon Lawsuit

Another procedure that is gaining popularity is the gastric balloon. This alternative to gastric bypass surgery allows obese patients to lose weight. This temporary option allows patients to eat smaller meals because the balloon device causes them to feel “full.” It reduces hunger and allows patients to control portion size, so that they can establish healthy eating habits.

How Does A Gastric Balloon Work?

The procedure involves placing a deflated balloon into your stomach through your mouth and esophagus. This is done using an endoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera and light at one end. The procedure is generally painless and takes approximately 15 minutes.

The balloon will be left in place for about six months, before the doctor will deflate and remove the balloon. Balloon patients can lose as much as 30 percent of their excess weight during this six month period.

Gastric Balloon Complications

Gastric Balloon Deaths Reported

On August 10, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to health care providers informing them of five deaths involving liquid-filled gastric balloon procedures. The OrberaIntragastric Balloon System, manufactured by Apollo Endo Surgery, was responsible for four of the five deaths. The other death was caused by ReShape Medical Inc.’s ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System.

In all five cases, the deaths occurred within the month following the balloon implantation. In three cases, the deaths occurred within three days of the procedure. It is unknown if it was a device defect or improper implantation of the balloon that caused the deaths. Two other deaths have also been reported, where the balloon perforated a patient’s organ and caused the patient to die.

The FDA is currently working with both companies to understand more about the causes of the deaths and monitor potential complications. Apollo Endo Surgery self-reported two deaths in Brazil and one death each in the United States, Mexico and Great Britain. Altogether, there have been 21 reported deaths between January 1, 2006 and March 31, 2017. This is out of 277,000 devices distributed, making the incidence rate still less than 0.01 percent.

However, out of 160 patients who had the OrberaIntragastric Balloon System procedure, 10 percent of patients experienced adverse side effects. Nearly 20 percent had to have the device removed.

Acute Pancreatitis Caused by Gastric Balloon

In February 2017, the FDA sent a letter to health care providers warning them of the risk of spontaneous over-inflation and acute pancreatitis caused by gastric balloon procedures. Both Apollo Endo Surgery and ReShape Medical Inc. subsequently revised their product labeling to ensure consumers were aware of these risks.

Gastric Balloon Lawsuit In California

The California defective medical device lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have created a gastric balloon lawsuit team which includes doctors, lawyers, paralegals and intake staff. Our lawyers represent patients and their families throughout California and the U.S. We have 30 offices in California and are actively reviewing cases throughout the state. We have an office near you. Call 1-800-718-4658 today for a free and confidential consultation.