Bariatric Surgery Linked to Serious Pregnancy Risks in New Study

Pregnancy Risks of Weight Loss Surgery

Written by Faith Anderson on March 2, 2015

Bariatric Surgery Linked to Serious Pregnancy Risks in New Study

Women who undergo weight loss surgery prior to becoming pregnant may put their unborn baby at risk for stillbirth or neonatal death.

According to the findings of a new study, bariatric weight loss surgery may put women at risk for serious pregnancy risks that could affect the development of their unborn baby. In the study, researchers from the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden discovered that women who underwent bariatric surgery before becoming pregnant may have had safer and healthier pregnancies, but their procedure was associated with an increased risk of major complications like stillbirth and neonatal death. If you believe your child has been adversely affected by side effects of bariatric surgery, contact a knowledgeable birth injury lawyer today to explore your possible compensation options.

Weight Loss Surgery Pregnancy Risks

Researchers involved in the bariatric surgery study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 26, looked at data from 600,000 pregnant women between 2006 and 2011 from the Swedish Medical Birth Register, focusing specifically on nearly 3,000 women who were considered obese, and compared the data to 700 women who had undergone bariatric surgery before becoming pregnant. According to their findings, women who had bariatric surgery prior to pregnancy had a higher risk of having shorter pregnancies and giving birth to babies who were smaller than normal. The procedure was also associated with an increased risk of stillbirth and neonatal death.

Potential Side Effects of Bariatric Surgery

This isn’t the first study to link bariatric weight loss surgery to serious complications in patients, including a risk of vision problems, malnutrition and vitamin deficiency in the months and years following surgery, but it is one of the first to examine the potential pregnancy risks associated with the procedure. Another study published in late 2014 raised serious concerns about the alleged side effects of bariatric surgery, which included an increased risk of negative mental health outcomes, risks of microvascular and macrovascular events, increased medical costs and reduced long-term survival rates.

An Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help

Approximately 72,000 American women of childbearing age undergo bariatric surgery every year, and while women who are obese may be at risk for more problems during pregnancy, this new study shows that women who have the weight loss surgery prior to pregnancy may put their unborn baby at risk for major pregnancy complications. If you underwent bariatric surgery before pregnancy, and your child has allegedly suffered serious side effects as a result, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with a reputable attorney who has experience handling birth injury claims.
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