Complications from bariatric surgeries are more likely to occur after a patient has left the hospital, according to a recent study by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Bariatric surgeries are used to treat patients who are significantly overweight or obese. Several different bariatric procedures are currently in use, but all the surgeries seek to induce weight loss by restricting the amount of food the patient can consume. This process is often accomplished by putting a band around the patient’s stomach, altering the stomach’s size, or changing its connections to the rest of the digestive system.
The AHRQ study found that 40 percent of patients who undergo bariatric surgery have some form of complications that require another hospital visit within the first six months following surgery. Most of these complications don’t appear until after the patient has left the hospital. For instance, the study found that 21 percent of patients suffered complications from surgery while they were still in the hospital, but that that number rose to 40 percent after patients left the hospital. Researchers say that more studies are required to determine why the complication rate for obesity-related surgeries is so high.
At Page Law, we understand the risks involved with bariatric surgery, as well as the promised rewards that lead so many Americans to seek this treatment in the first place. If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered dangerous complications from bariatric surgery, call the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Page Law today for a free consultation. Our number is 314-322-8515, and all your information is kept confidential.