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Earlier this week, a New York Times investigation revealed that Bellevue Hospital has been performing unsafe bariatric surgeries since 2008, wrongfully putting over 17,000 patients at risk of developing serious medical injuries.
If you or a loved one have received bariatric surgery at Bellevue Hospital in New York, contact a medical malpractice attorney at the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm today. We can help you receive compensation for your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Also known as a gastric bypass or weight loss surgery, bariatric surgeries have significantly increased in popularity over the last few years. Bariatric surgery is performed when a patient experiences significant health problems due to their weight and they have not been able to manage their weight using diet or exercise.
Although weight loss surgery can alleviate weight-related health problems, there are strict guidelines in place to ensure that only qualified surgery candidates receive the surgery. Surgery candidates must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, and they must experience severe health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or severe sleep apnea. After receiving the surgery, patients must also follow a strict regimen to ensure that their body properly adjusts to the surgery.
It is your surgeon’s reasonability to ensure that you meet these necessary operation qualifications so that you are not wrongfully put at risk of developing a serious injury. Unfortunately, surgeons have become increasingly lenient and are not properly screening patients, and as a result they have operated on unqualified candidates.
If you or a loved one have experienced complications during or after your bariatric weight loss surgery, it is important that you contact an experienced New York Medical Malpractice attorney. At the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm, we can investigate your claim and help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Bellevue Hospital Bariatric Surgery Malpractice
In 2008, Bellevue Hospital began their Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery under the guidance of Dr. Manish Parikh. However, unlike most bariatric surgery departments, Bellevue Hospital agreed to compensate participating surgeons based on volume, paying some surgeons up to $11,000 per surgery performed. As a result, surgeons had a financial incentive to perform as many surgeries as possible, and the New York Times even reported that surgeons would race each other each day.
Bariatric weight loss surgeons at Bellevue hospital began adopting negligent and dangerous practices including but not limited to:
- Operating on patients whose BMI was below the recommended threshold
- Failing to verify if patients were pregnant or had underlying medical conditions
- Failing to adhere to national bariatric guidelines
- Performing surgery after just one informational session
- Enlisting unlicensed technicians to assist
- Reduced medication doses to get patients out of operating rooms faster
As a result of Bellevue’s careless practices, patients have wrongfully developed infections, ulcers, hernias, have been put into a coma, and there has been at least one death.
Additionally, in order to increase volume, negligent Bellevue Hospital surgeons have wrongfully operated on people incarcerated at Rikers Island, without verifying that they would be able to follow the strict post-operative diet and exercise regimen.
Contact a New York Bariatric Surgery Malpractice Attorney
Patients should be able to trust that their medical providers are providing them with the best care possible. Unfortunately, at Bellevue Hospital bariatric surgery patients were misled and wrongfully operated on and put at risk of serious injury.
If you or a loved one underwent bariatric surgery at Bellevue Hospital and suffered complications or injuries that were not properly addressed, we want to help. Our team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys is here to investigate your case. With over 40 years of experience in medical malpractice, we will ensure that you and your loved ones get justice.
Call (212) 869-3500 for a free consultation today.
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