Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular treatment for weight problems that don’t respond to traditional diet and exercise. Bariatric surgery involves sealing (stapling shut) parts of the gastrointestinal tract so that it’s uncomfortable to consume large portions at one time. Thousands of people every year are choosing to undergo bariatric surgery, but does that mean it is safe?

The safety of Bariatric surgery has been called into question many times in the last few years. Thousands of reports have been submitted to the FDA from patients who have reported discomfort to serious complications as a result of their operation. These problems range from minor to very severe problems that may require an additional surgery.

The most enduring issue with bariatric surgery seems to be the quality of the surgical staples that are used in virtually all operations. The staples used in this surgery are produced by only two suppliers, and these products have been accused of having points of failure that include not closing properly, or not piercing the tissue correctly. However, these problems may also be a result of failures by the physician providing the treatment.

Regardless of the source of the problem, over 100 people have died of complication resulting from bariatric surgeries.

Medical Malpractice Facts

You should make an effort to understand the risks of this procedure if you are considering a bariatric surgery to confront your obesity problems. It may be wise to consult more than one physician before you decide if the surgery is right for you. If you have chosen to pursue bariatric surgery, you should take care to choose a physician who has experience with the procedure. However, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee your safety.

You may discover that as a result of your surgery, you are experiencing great pain, leaking in your abdominal cavity or a range of other unpleasant problems. When this happens, you may want to consider the services of a medical malpractice lawyer.

Before you do consult a lawyer, you should check to make sure that you understand the relevant medical malpractice facts. Medical malpractice law differs from country-to-country, and in many cases, from state to state. Whether you can file suit or collect an award that is sufficient to cover your injury and suffering may depend on where you live and what legal resources you can access. The provided resource will help you understand your options so that you can contact a lawyer with the proper facts in hand.


The George Washington University Weight Management Program (GWUWMP) is a multidisciplinary medical clinic specializing in weight control, nutrition, and prevention of obesity and obesity-related chronic disease. We are a team of physicians, psychologists, dieticians, social workers, counselors, and exercise trainers working together to provide individualized, comprehensive weight management support for all participants.

“This program has taught me the tools for eating and living healthfully that I will continue for the rest of my life.” — J.M.   ABOUT OUR PATIENTS


Friday, December 10th, 2010

Dr. Scott Kahan was interviewed by the Costco Connections magazine regarding the question, “Is Obesity a Disease?”

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Dr. Scott Kahan was interviewed on Fox News regarding upcoming FDA decisions on new medications for weight management and obesity.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Dr. Arthur Frank was interviewed by the Washington Post for an article on the lack of insurance coverage for weight management and obesity treatment.

Friday, September 10th, 2010

In an interview on CBS News, Dr. Scott Kahan discussed a recent study that showed certain hormones may “program” weight regain in dieters.

Obesity News

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
Study shows children will eat – and enjoy – healthier breakfast cereal

A recent study published by researchers at Yale University tested children responses to healthier (low sugar cereal, fruit, low fat milk) versus unhealthy (high sugar cereal) breakfasts.  Children who ate the healthy breakfast reported the same enjoyment as the unhealthy breakfast, and those eating the healthy breakfast consumed less cereal, less refined sugar, and more fresh fruit.

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
GW researchers calculate obesity costs

Researchers at the George Washington University published a unique analysis of the financial costs of weight gain and obesity from an individual perspective.  Their report considers numerous costs associated with obesity, including medical care, absenteeism from work, lost productivity, and even the need for extra gasoline, to calculate the financial burden that persons with obesity face.