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Bariatric Surgery: Malpractice Risks and Risk Management Guidelines - Commentary

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Providing appropriate medical care to bariatric surgery patients is the primary goal of every surgeon. However, with the expected growth of bariatric surgery in the future, the number of claims in this area are certain to grow. Therefore, it is important for surgeons who are engaged in the practice of bariatric surgery or who are contemplating entering the practice of bariatric surgery to consider risk management guidelines and principles very carefully. It is important to follow the available guidelines and criteria like those established by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery to help reduce the risk of liability. Despite appropriate care and treatment, unfortunately, these patients will continue to suffer complications, some of which are life-threatening. The importance of establishing and maintaining a solid physician-patient relationship by using appropriate interpersonal skills cannot be overemphasized. Indeed, a good relationship with the patient and family remains the most effective way of reducing the risk of being sued when there is an unfortunate complication, as well as increasing the chances of a successful defense in the event of suit.
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Keywords: Research Article

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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