Every Surgery Has Its Risks: A Detroit councilwoman died after having obesity surgery. This is sure to get a lot of prominent play given all the press on fitness we’ve had lately. She had a relatively new laparascopic procedure called Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding . It’s basically a tourniquet applied to the stomach to limit the amount of food that can pass through. Compared to older procedures, it’s less invasive and thus theoretically safer. However, it’s also new, and there’s a learning curve in learning new procedures. Complications are higher in the first few months of a procedure’s introduction. Cutting edge isn’t always the best.
Meanwhile, her family has retained a familiar figure to sue the doctor:
Her family has retained attorney Geoffrey Fieger, whose clients have included assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.
Fieger said two autopsies revealed perforations in Scott's stomach. He said there was no other way the holes could have occurred except in surgery.