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Since its inception, many people have taken advantage of bariatric surgery as a way to combat obesity. Massachusetts residents who struggle with the challenges associated with being overweight and who are considering this option should be fully informed about the risks and potential dangers of such a procedure.

WebMD explains that as many as one in 10 bariatric surgery patients experience some type of complication after their operations. Roughly half of these can have serious or even fatal consequences. Infections at the site of a surgical incision can develop and get out of control if not properly treated. The size of an incision can vary based upon whether or not the operation was performed laparoscopically or traditionally. In the same locations, leakages may develop. Some people have been known to suffer from blood clots or to have heart attacks.

In a bariatric surgery, the stomach is cut into two sections and the smaller portion is then connected to the intestinal tract in a new location. It is in this way that the body’s ability to accept calories are reduced in an effort to limit food intake and facilitate weight loss. Because of the nature of gastric bypass surgeries, problems with digestion and even a reduced ability to absorb essential nutrients can occur. Patients should receive careful monitoring to ensure that they do not become malnourished.

If you would like to learn more about the potential complications of bariatric surgeries, please visit the gastric bypass errors page of our Massachusetts malpractice website.