Medicolegal analysis of 100 malpractice claims against bariatric surgeons

Daniel Cottam, Jeffrey Lord, Ramsey M. Dallal, Bruce Wolfe, Kelvin Higa, Kathleen McCauley, Philip Schauer

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Abstract

Background: Very few studies have addressed malpractice litigation specific to bariatric surgery. This study was designed to analyze litigation trends in bariatric surgery to prevent further lawsuits and improve patient care. Methods: A total of 100 consecutive bariatric lawsuits were reviewed by a consortium of experienced bariatric surgeons and an attorney specializing in medical malpractice. Results: Of the 100 lawsuits, 45% were reviewed for defense attorneys. The mean patient age was 40 years (range 18-65), 75% were women, 81% had a body mass index of

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

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Keywords

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Gastric bypass
  • Lawsuit
  • Malpractice
  • Morbid obesity
  • Surgery

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  • Surgery

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Medicolegal analysis of 100 malpractice claims against bariatric surgeons. / Cottam, Daniel; Lord, Jeffrey; Dallal, Ramsey M.; Wolfe, Bruce; Higa, Kelvin; McCauley, Kathleen; Schauer, Philip.

In: Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Vol. 3, No. 1, 01.2007, p. 60-66.

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Cottam, Daniel ; Lord, Jeffrey ; Dallal, Ramsey M. ; Wolfe, Bruce ; Higa, Kelvin ; McCauley, Kathleen ; Schauer, Philip. / Medicolegal analysis of 100 malpractice claims against bariatric surgeons. In: Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2007 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 60-66.
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