Gastric Band Surgery
Have you suffered adverse effects due to a gastric band surgery?
While often suggested as an effective treatment for people with morbid obesity having a gastric band fitted doesn’t always have the desired results. There can be severe adverse effects related to having a gastric band fitted including:
- The band could slip causing the upper part of the stomach to become larger. This could require emergency surgery
- There could be a saline leak
- You could develop gastritis which is inflammation of the stomach lining
- The band could start to migrate through the stomach wall often called Erosion
If you have been a victim of someone else’s professional negligence then we may be able to help you with a claim for compensation.
Obesity, and other weight related conditions are becoming more and more common in today’s world, especially with the new founded craze for take away meals, readymade meals, and ‘street food’. With a busy career and/or life, it is becoming more and more difficult for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle – with no time for the gym, and little time to freshly prepare and cook a meal for the family. Busy lifestyles can lead to snacking, and ‘easy eating’, which can include grabbing a kebab on the way home from work to eat for your evening meal, or buying a pot noodle – a meal that can just be made by adding hot water for 2-5 minutes.
Whatever your reason for weight gain, it doesn’t affect that being overweight can make you feel uncomfortable and self conscious, which may even cause anxiety disorders, or weight disorders such as bulimia or anorexia.
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Gastric band surgery is one of the most popular forms of weight loss surgery, with over 10,000 gastric bands being fitted every year in the UK alone. The process works by shrinking your stomach and digestive system, so that you are only capable of eating a certain amount – which is usually the recommended amount of food that your body needs.
As with all surgery, gastric band surgery comes with its own series of risks and side effects, which sometimes can’t be helped. Your surgeon must inform you about these risks prior to you having the surgery, and you should always consult your GP first. However, in a large number of cases, these effects and injuries are caused by a negligent surgery, of which you may be entitled to claim compensation for.
The most common problems which can occur during a gastric band surgery include:
- Post operative infection
- Gastric band slippage
As a surgeon, it is amongst your duty of care to ensure that the treatment you are performing is practiced to the best of your ability, following all health and safety regulations, and following the correct method of treatment. It is significant that you take into consideration all medical conditions your client has, as to prevent any injuries and/or infections occurring as a result of your negligence.
As with all cosmetic and beauty compensation claims, you must be able to prove that your injuries/problems have occurred as a result of your beautician’s negligence and there must be sufficient evidence of this. If you have obtained some form of injury, it is significant that you seek medical attention straight away, not just for the benefit of your health, but for the benefit of your case, too. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your case, and all factors, such as; extent of your injuries, pain and suffering, time off work, loss of earnings, further treatment, and medical attention, will all be taken into consideration when deciding upon the compensation sum you receive.