In Light of Recent News, The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC Provides Tips for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

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An article published Sept. 16 by New Haven Register reports that the state Medical Examining Board ordered an employee of Laser55 to cease use of a weight loss surgery tool because she didn’t have proper licensing. In light of the article, the Connecticut medical malpractice law firm The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC provides tips for individuals considering bariatric surgery.

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Bariatric surgery carries certain risks and should only be performed by experienced surgeons and hospitals that have the expertise to minimize such risks.

According to an article published by New Haven Register on Sept. 16, the state Medical Examining Board ordered an employee of Laser55 to stop using a device used to heat fat during weight loss surgery based on accusations that she was engaging in “the unlawful practice of medicine.”

According to the article, although the employee was certified in using the device, she is not a doctor and was not being properly supervised by a licensed physician during use. The Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers of The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC note that the article brings up an important message for consumers.

“The West Hartford case is a good reminder that when it comes to weight-loss interventions, consumers should beware of marketing hype. Always make sure physicians and personnel have the proper licensing, experience and training to perform the procedure in question,” said Russell Berkowitz of The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC. “Bariatric surgery carries certain risks and should only be performed by experienced surgeons and hospitals that have the expertise to minimize such risks.”

As with all surgical procedures, weight loss surgery comes with its own set of risks. Berkowitz notes that because of the risks unique to bariatric surgery, surgeons and their staffs must operate with a certain standard of care to protect the safety of their patients. When these standards of care are jeopardized, serious injury can occur.

The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC provides the following tips for consumers that are considering weight loss surgery:

  •     Do your homework — there are several different weight loss surgery procedures, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. It is important that you take the time to research the pros and cons of each procedure so you can make an educated decision on what is right for you.
  •     Interview, interview, interview — don’t be afraid to interview multiple surgeons until you find one you feel confident with.
  •     Ask for recommendations — if you know of anyone who has undergone weight loss surgery, don’t be afraid to ask who he or she used and how his or her experience was.
  •     Use google — If you don’t have a recommendation to go off, look up reviews online. The Internet is a powerful tool; use it.
  •     Ask questions — during the interview process, don’t be afraid to ask specific questions about the surgeon’s experience, training and background; and make sure to find out if he or she has the proper licensing to perform the procedure you are considering.
  •     Go with your gut — if you don’t feel good about a surgeon or procedure, it may not be the right thing for you.
  •     Prepare — be sure to ask your surgeon about the proper preparation prior to surgery as well as ways to take care of yourself post operation.

About The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC

The Berkowitz Law Firm LLC is a Connecticut personal injury and medical malpractice law firm that investigates potential medical malpractice claims on behalf of patients who have suffered alleged injuries from medical mistakes such as those committed during bariatric surgery. To learn more about the firm visit berkowitzlawfirm.com.

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