Over the past three years, according to an exposé published in the New York Times on December 7, 2023, Bellevue Hospital cut corners and pushed countless patients through unnecessary and harmful bariatric surgeries. According to the Times article, many of these procedures, which are intended to treat obesity by reducing the size of the stomach, resulted in improper changes to patients’ digestive systems, causing various health complications and requiring long-term lifestyle changes. Furthermore, many of these patients were not even eligible for the procedure and were rushed into the operating room without proper regard for the approval and informed consent process, including the significant potential health risks associated with the procedure. According to the article, lucrative financial incentives were the primary motivating factor behind this activity, calling into serious question the ethics and morals of the hospital and its involved personnel. To make matters even worse, patients were recruited from the Rikers Island jail complex for additional monetary gain. Some patients who had the purportedly rushed and unnecessary surgeries at Bellevue are now facing significant resulting health consequences, including dangerous infections, ulcers, hernias, and weight gain.
Therefore, if you or a loved one have undergone bariatric surgery at Bellevue Hospital and experienced a rushed process, complications, and emotional, physical, or psychological pain/stress, please contact us at Lever & Ecker, PLLC. You may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim against Bellevue and the involved medical providers; therefore, reach out to us at 914-288-9191 or 718-933-3632 or email@example.com to start the process as soon as possible.