Bariatric surgery a new ‘medicolegal hotspot’

The rise in bariatric surgery has become a "medicolegal hotspot" with many patients harbouring unrealistic expectations and little understanding of the high complication rates for the procedure.

The majority of claims now being made focus on informed consent, negligent performance of the surgery and inadequate post-management and follow-up, Janine McIlwraith, principal lawyer at Slater and Gordon, told the Medico Legal Congress in Sydney.

Patients also need to know the surgery is "not a panacea and just part of a solution