With more than 150,000 people getting weight-loss surgeries in 2010, it is no surprise that there are an increasing number of surgeons in New York City and across the state who are learning to perform this surgical procedure. It is a procedure that many people are excited to get, because it not only can shave off excessive weight, but it can also reduce the risk of many obesity-related conditions. If done correctly, it can give patients a new lease on life. If done wrong, however, it can be fatal.
And, sadly, for a 27 year old who had just been admited to the New York State Bar , it was. She had gone to a Manhattan surgeon to get this life-altering surgical procedure, but her surgeon apparently failed to notice an abnormal electrocardiogram reading prior to the surgery. Had the surgeon looked further, he likely would have discovered a condition that would have prevented her from having the surgery. Sadly, he did not and now her family has filed a wrongful death claim for medical malpractice.
This is not the first time that the surgeon has been accused of medical malpractice. In fact, the surgeon has seen three of his patients die after undergoing weight-loss surgery. Following their deaths, he and his clinic were investigated, but the surgeon's license was never revoked.
The doctor has also been making nonfatal errors, as well. When the former New York Met Lee Mazzilli's daughter sought barriatric surgery, she sustained stomach perforations and needed to be hospitalized. While she recovered, it is unknown if she sustained long-term effects from the surgeon's alleged medical malpractice.
It is undeniable that surgery comes with risk, but when something happens, it is important to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to see if the injury was the result of medical malpractice.
Source: Courier-Post, "Christie doc sued, lap-band clinic probed over woman's death," Bob Jordan, May 8, 2013