Dangers of Bariatric Surgery: $3,500,000.00 Lawsuit Settlement against Gastric Bypass Program


Contrast study demonstrating leak at gastrojejunal anastomosis; arrow indicates leak; P, gastric pouch; A, alimentary limb.

Dangers of Bariatric Surgery: $3,500,000.00 Lawsuit Settlement against Gastric Bypass Program

In 2007, Pedroli & Gauthier settled a claim against a St. Louis area hospital’s gastric bypass weight loss program for $3.5 million dollars.

The lead attorney was Robert H. Pedroli, Jr.

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The client agreed to a confidential settlement so the parties cannot be revealed.

Medical Negligence,  Case filed in the City of St. Louis

Parties: Client’s (family of decedent, male in his 50′s) v. confidential surgeon, confidential hospital and hospitals weight loss program.

Due to limited confidentiality clause in settlement agreement, only the following information may be revealed:

In a law suit filed against a bariatric hospital and the hospital’s weight loss program, a settlement was reached for $3,500,000. for negligent relating to the advertising and the choice of surgeons performing the surgery for the program at the hospital. The settlement was reached near the trial date after the depositions of plaintiff’s expert witness and after the settlement of the surgeon.  To learn more about our experiences in bariatric surgery malpractice cases you can go to the medical malpractice section of this website.

Opinion:  In our opinion based upon our years of experience in handling these cases, bariatric surgery is a very risky procedure and not just because of the serious acknowledged risks.  There are hidden risks that lie beyond these often discussed risks.  The technical expertise required by the surgeon is tremendous.  Not all surgeons have the skill level, training, mentoring and experience developed within a proper medical center.  Not all facilities that offer these procedures have adequately trained staff, equipment and physicians who may called upon to consult for problems and complications that may arise.  Not all surgeons have been involve in a significant number of cases to see and recognize serious complications.  There are a constellation of symptoms and signs for leaks, fistula, nutritional problems, strictures and et cetera  that may be difficult to recognized because of the obesity and other problems that overweight patients may have.  Bariatric surgery is a big money making program for the surgeons, the medical centers and the supporting personnel and professionals.  The lure of profit may cause a struggling medical center to create a bariatric surgery program.  In one case we handled the medical center was having financial difficulties and their bariatric program put them into the black.  Much of the profits were made in treating the patients who suffered significant complications from bariatric surgery.  Sometimes the charges for treating these patients is in excess of a million dollars.  Make sure that you research your surgeon and the program prior to making this important life altering decision.

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  1. October 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    I went for approx five years I’m guessing, with staplesnintact at top of my stomach and esphogas causing a structure, vomiting all the time, causing malnutrion, anemia…I feel I was not fully informed of all the dangerous complications, treated just for the money..

    Posted by Julie Lewis
  2. October 12, 2016 at 8:18 am #

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  3. October 26, 2016 at 4:45 am #

    I am having a lot of problems with my gastric bypass
    I have had to have reconstruction surgery of my pouch I have osteoporosis,and Osteosteoarthrtis in my spin I have deterated disc in my spin. I am always d ehydrated and malnutioned can you please. Help me thank you Susan.cruise 13046371112

    Posted by susan cruise
  4. April 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    I had this surgery and had major complications behind it like frontal lobe brain damage memory loss I’m still dealing with this

    Posted by Shereese Schaeffer-
    • May 25, 2017 at 11:18 am #

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      Posted by Pedroli & Gauthier, LLC

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