For those of us in the law, who have litigated dozens of bariatric surgery cases, the following article from Medical News Today (Bariatric Surgery Can Be Safer Than Living With Obesity) must be read with the following paragraph from the article kept in the forefront when patients are decided WHERE to go to have this surgery performed:
To help alleviate a patient’s fears before surgery, the bariatric team ensures that patients and their families are thoroughly informed and comfortable with the procedure. Prior to surgery, patients undergo medical, psychological and nutritional evaluations, plus they attend two patient support groups and three educational classes.
Wondering what this surgery is all about? It’s the medical term for what may commonly be called ‘weight loss’ surgery. To get a basic understanding of the procedure as well as the ‘before and after’ care issues that are key to a successful procedure, here’s a video from YouTube.
Keep in mind that there are a lot of surgeons doing bariatric surgery; however, in most instances, the way you avoid a visit to your lawyer’s office is to chose the right surgeon and facility.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has a useful website on which there’s a patient primer about this procedure. You can learn about the Centers for Excellence Program of the Society and get a listing of the members of the organization, who perform this surgery in your area. It’s definitely worth checking out before you sign-up with a surgeon to have this potentially life-saving but nonetheless risky procedure performed.
Patients – Know Thy Physician!