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Compensation for botched gastric band surgery
Compensation for botched gastric band surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Compensation

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Weight Loss Surgery Claim

Are you suffering unnecessary pain or discomfort following your weight loss surgery? If you’ve been found to be experiencing complications following your surgery, such as infection or blood clots, then speak to our medical negligence team about your right to compensation. You can call free 0800 122 3130 or request a free call back when its convenient for you.

Weight Loss Surgery encompasses a number of different procedures. Gastric balloon surgery is the least evasive weight loss procedure. It involves a soft silicone balloon which is inserted into the stomach and filled with sterile silicone with the purpose of making you feel full, so you feel less hungry all the time. The success of the procedure is dependent on the quality of aftercare you receive, as you will need a carefully structured diet programme and the balloon is removed after six months. Another type of weight loss surgery is gastric band surgery. This is where a band is placed around the stomach, dividing it up into smaller parts so you feel fuller for longer. The procedure is known to be highly effective but can be reversed if required. The most extreme type of weight loss surgery is gastric bypass surgery, and this involves restricting the number of calories that the body can absorb. This is a major surgical procedure, carrying more risk than the other procedures and is not easily reversible.

What happens after the procedure?

If you have had gastric balloon surgery, you will be able to go home on the same day as the operation and will need little recovery time. It will take time to adjust to the sensation of the gastric balloon, however, as this floats in your stomach. You should be given a strict diet plan which it is imperative that you abide by in the following six months. If you have had gastric band surgery, you will be able to go home one or days after the operation. Normally, you will need about two weeks recovery time with this type of procedure although it will take longer for you to adjust to having the band in place. Most people lose an average of half their excess weight within two years of having the surgery. If you have had gastric bypass surgery then this will require significantly more recovery time as it is a major surgical procedure. As you are reducing your calorie intake this could also cause vitamin, mineral or nutrient deficiencies so you need to ensure that you have a diet that is high in these vital components in the months that follow. One important consideration to take into account is that going through with these procedures will not necessarily be the only step you need to take to achieve the results you are looking for. Skin that has been significantly stretched will not simply ping back into place so other corrective procedures may also be required.

How much does Weight Loss Surgery cost?

A gastric balloon can cost up to £5,000, gastric band up to £9,500 and gastric bypass up to £15,000. By speaking with a consultant, you will be able to determine which of these procedures is best suited to you. A gastric balloon is generally most suited to people with less weight to lose, as normally you would need a BMI of over 30 to be considered for the procedure, whereas gastric band and gastric bypass surgery require a BMI of over 40. It is also important to note that you may need to lose some weight before going through with the procedure, and your surgeon may recommend that you seek some psychological help prior to the surgery to prepare you for the inevitable change in your appearance.

What Happens Next?

We can help you in dealing with complaints, seeking answers or making a claim on your behalf. We have a specialist team dealing with cosmetic surgery treatments which have gone wrong or fallen below the standard you’d expect, from all of types of breast enlargement surgery (including PIPs),tummy/stomach tucks, liposuction and nose reshaping procedures to list just a few. Whatever your worry, we will help you and direct you through the claims process. Complete our claim form and we can start your claim today.

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Claiming For Your Cosmetic Surgery

Free Legal Help

If you are unsure if you have a claim for your cosmetic surgery or procedure, then call our clinical negligence team for free, no obligation advice on making a claim. They will ask you some simple questions about your surgery and talk to you with what’s happened and can tell you if you have a claim or not. Call 24/7 0800 122 3130.