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Mayo Clinic: Bariatric Surgery Linked to Bone Fractures

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June 6, 2011 - A new study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has confirmed that bariatric surgery performed for weight loss could more than double the risk of bone fractures. The overall risk of bone fractures following bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass surgery more than doubled, while the risk of fractures involving the hands and feet were more than three times that of the general population. Bariatric surgery has recently been found to be extremely dangerous, and there have been a number of gastric bypass lawsuits filed by people who died or suffered severe complications from the procedures.

Free Bariatric Surgery Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered from a bone fracture or other adverse side effect after undergoing bariatric surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

According to data presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine’s Society in Boston, patients who underwent bariatric surgery for weight loss were 2.3 times more likely to suffer from a catastrophic bone fracture than women from the general population who have not had the surgery.

The data was drawn from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, which involved 277 Minnesota residents - more than 80% of whom were women - who had undergone gastric bypass procedures between 1985 and 2004. In total, 79 of the 277 study participants suffered from bone fractures in the nine years following the procedure. The study found that patients who were more physically active were at a lower risk for fractures, while more sedentary individuals had a higher risk of such injuries. Additionally, the research found that those participants who took calcium and vitamin D supplements were no better off than those who did not.

The new study confirms previous research that calls the safety of gastric bypass surgery into question. In addition to bone fractures, side effects linked to gastric bypass surgeries include:
birth defects in children born to teenage mothers who have undergone the operation

  • permanent neurological damage
  • hallucinations
  • weakness
  • paralysis
  • death

Nationwide, there have been a growing number of gastric bypass lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who died or suffered severe complications after undergoing the procedure. A 2005 study found that nearly one in 50 recipients died unexpectedly following bariatric surgery. The majority of these lawsuits claim that inexperienced surgeons and a lack of screening procedures were the significant contributing factors.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgeries are weight loss procedures designed to change an individual’s digestive system, limiting the amount of food a person can eat. Gastric bypass is the most frequently performed bariatric surgery in the United States, and is generally considered more successful and safer than other weight-loss surgeries. However, gastric bypass is a major operation that comes with inherent risks and side effects, and requires permanent lifestyle changes. If you are considering undergoing any type of bariatric surgery, you and your doctor should carefully weigh the risks vs. rewards before undergoing any procedures.

Do I have a Bariatric Surgery Lawsuit?

The Product Liability and Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in bariatric surgery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new bone fracture cases in all 50 states.

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