With a reported 150,000 weight loss, Bariatric, gastric bypass, or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgeries performed each year, it’s estimated that the rate of complications will continue to rise.
Defective Sugical Stapler Alert
In May 2007, a jury found that a woman’s death was caused by a defective surgical stapler. The jury awarded the victim’s family $5 million.
To date, the FDA has received reports of approximately 100 deaths related to surgical staplers. In addition, they have received approximately 9,000 reports of “adverse events”, including injuries and complications from surgical staples and the stapler unit itself.
Possible Gastric Bypass Risks & Complications
The following as a brief list of potential risks or complications that can occur during or after gastric bypass surgery:
- Follow-up surgeries to correct complications or to remove excess skin
- Gallstones due to significant weight loss in a short amount of time
- Gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach)
- Vomiting from eating more than the stomach pouch can hold
- Iron or vitamin B12 deficiencies (if they occur) can lead to anemia
- Calcium deficiency (if it occurs) can contribute to the development of early osteoporosis or other bone disorders
Although some of the complications listed ablove are serious and/or life-threatening, not all are directly related to the defective surgical staples or staplers.
Some of the most common injuries associated with the surgical staplers include the following:
- Dehiscence (separation of areas that are stitched or stapled together)
- Anastomotic leakage
- Leaks from staple lines