October 20th, 2011
According to an article in the October 13, 2011 New England Journal of Medicine by Julie Engelfinger, M.D. the indications and needs for bariatric surgery on obese children and adolescents continues to grow. Obesity is a growing problem in the United States with an estimated 17 percent of youngsters 2 to 19 years defined as obese. There are a wide range of other diseases associated with obesity in childhood including high blood pressure, type II diabetes, fatty liver disease, or full blown metabolic syndrome.
Improperly done, bariatric surgery is a frequent concern and request for review in medical malpractice litigation. There are a variety of different surgical procedures which are utilized, each of which have their own risks and complications. If you or a member of your family have had bariatric surgery for weight loss with complications or poor results, you may want to see Andrew S. Muth for review of the potential case.