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Obesity has become a major social issue in these days. One in five people in the United States of America has been classified as obese. In this group, five percent is categorized as morbidly obese, which means that health and livelihood of the individual is in danger. More than 300,000 people in the United States die every year because of complications from obesity. Obesity is considered a main cause of premature death. Obesity has been distinguished as a chronic disease since 1985.

Gastric bypass surgery is becoming more and more popular due to this. It is a radical procedure used to help obese people to lose weight. In 2001 almost 50,000 thousand patients had some sort of obesity surgery, with the number mounting to 60,000 in 2002 and 120,000 in 2003. As per estimate, 140,000 people undergone Gastric surgery in 2004. The number is expected to grow higher every year. 

For many patients, Gastric bypass surgery is a lifesaver. However, this is not the case with everybody. Gastric-Bypass surgery is an invasive surgical process involving the stapling of or rerouting of the stomach and intestines. This operation is not recommended for every obese person.  It is recommended for only those who are over one hundred pounds and who have gone through many other weight-loss procedures. Gastric-bypass malpractice occurs when a medical specialist causes hurt or personal injury while performing the operation or through a negligence.

It is important that the patient has an understanding of the surgery and its risks before going into the hospital. The death rate from gastric bypass surgery is frighteningly high: 1 out of 350 people. Those who do not die after the surgery may experience a glut of severe complications.

The most common cause of Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice is inexperience of the surgeon performing the operation. The Journal of the American Medical Association says that the risk of severe injury or death during and after gastric bypass surgery is much lower for those surgeons who have performed at least 100 gastric bypass operations previously. The overall rate of complications was more or less 200% greater for patients whose surgeons have performed less than 100 gastric bypass surgeries as compared with those whose surgeons have conducted over 100 gastric bypass operations. The death rate was 300% higher for the cases where less experience surgeons performed the operations.

The other causes of Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice are failure to diagnose or properly treat Gastric Fluid Leakage, Gastric Bleed, and Pulmonary Embolism. Malpractice also occurs if the patient is not a proper candidate for the operation.

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