Over the past several years, the number of bariatric surgery operations (surgery for weight loss) has grown from a handful to over 150,000 procedures per year in the US. These procedures are actually very complex and patients are of high surgical risk. Due to these factors, many medical malpractice suits have followed these specific surgeries. Patients should be informed of the specific risks and alternatives by their surgeon. These include printed material and discussions with support groups or other venues. Additionally all patients should undergo an extensive pre-operation evaluation in order to minimize the risks of the procedure. Since complications and mortalities are more frequent in bariatric surgery than in other procedures, all complications should be recognized quickly and treated appropriately. Special considerations, such as high BMI, should be discussed before a bariatric surgery is scheduled. To read the full story, click here.