Over the past decade, lap band surgeries, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, have increased in popularity due to their successful results and how easily and quickly they allow an individual to lose weight. The weight-loss surgery makes up 39 percent of all weight loss procedures and is performed when a band is wrapped around the stomach and the stomach is made smaller so the individual cannot consume as much food. This new method is related to gastric bypass surgery, but is advertised as a much safer alternative. Unfortunately, it has an extreme amount of side effects and the results have led to many complications in patients, and even deaths.
Although this popular weight-loss surgery has been proven to be successful in many cases, the procedure has has just as many problems with infections, blood clots, device failures, and even death. About half of all patients who have the surgery end up having the device removed due to complications.
Lap Band Lawsuits
Although the lap band surgery has been increasingly popular in recent years, it is also just as popular with the lawsuits against it. In 2011, Paula Rojeski,55, underwent the surgery, which resulted in her death. Her condition rapidly declined after the surgery was performed and her surgeon failed to report it. Her sister later sued 1-800-GET-THIN. This was the fifth reported death related to the company between 2009 and 2011.
Tami Walter was another victim of the surgery when she was rushed to the hospital and died just a few days later. Her anesthesiologist was found to be on probation, even though 1-800-GET-THIN promised “top rated surgical-specialists” in their advertising. Several of the deaths have occurred just days after the surgery was performed. Although the surgery centers seem reliable, they are often lightly regulated and without proper licensing. Many of these Lap Band clinics are privately owned by licensed doctors and they don’t need proper accountability, which is why so many complications and deaths occur so frequently as they violate health and safety laws on a consistent basis. The public easily trusts the surgeons and clinics just because they are licensed or have popular advertising and plenty of customers.
Natalie Swaim is another patient who had a Lap band lawsuit after having her surgery at an outpatient clinic. After the surgery, she began experiencing pain, vomiting and nausea, which was found to be related to internal bleeding and a prolapsed stomach. Her gastrointestinal system has to be reconstructed after her stomach had to be surgically removed. She sued both 1-800-GET-THIN and the healthcare providers due to the complications.
Candidates for Lap Band Lawsuit
Candidates for lap band lawsuits are those that have experienced serious side effects after undergoing lap band surgery. The most common side effects include ulcers, deflation, erosion, stomach wall deterioration, and seroma. There are currently hundreds of law suits open due to complications. The FDA has recently spoken out that many of the advertisements for lap bands are misleading due to their avoidance in stating side effects and dangers for many candidates that want to have the surgery performed. They also believed that when these warnings were stated, the font size was not clear enough for the public to read and understand. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, we cannot accept cases involving this product at this time. However, that could change very quickly if the government were to investigate, find a defect and order a recall. Accordingly, we recommend that you contact the Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) and inform them of your concerns.