insurance for bariatric surgeons

Insurance for Bariatric Surgeons

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why do bariatric surgeons need insurance?

Bariatric surgeons, who specialize in weight-loss surgeries such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding, face unique challenges that necessitate the need for malpractice insurance. These surgeries are complex and often performed on patients with significant health risks associated with obesity. Here are key areas where bariatric surgeons are vulnerable to being sued for malpractice:

  1. Surgical Complications: Bariatric surgery can lead to various complications, such as infections, bleeding, leaks from staple lines, and issues with the adjustment of gastric bands. Surgeons can be held liable if these complications are due to surgical errors or perceived negligence.

  2. Failure to Obtain Informed Consent: Bariatric surgery involves significant risks that must be clearly communicated to patients. Surgeons can face legal action if patients claim they were not fully informed about the risks and potential complications associated with their surgery.

  3. Postoperative Care Issues: Proper management of patients post-surgery is crucial. Complications such as nutrient deficiencies, dumping syndrome, or failure to lose weight effectively can lead to claims if the follow-up care is deemed inadequate.

  4. Misdiagnosis or Inadequate Patient Selection: Bariatric surgeons must carefully assess patients to determine if they are suitable candidates for surgery. Performing surgery on patients who are not suitable candidates or misdiagnosing their condition can lead to ineffective outcomes and potential lawsuits.

  5. Failure to Manage Long-term Risks: Long-term management after bariatric surgery is essential for ensuring patient safety and success. Failure to address or manage long-term risks such as vitamin deficiencies, hypoglycemia, or psychological effects can result in patient harm and liability.

  6. Negligence in Monitoring and Responding to Complications: Surgeons and their teams must monitor patients closely for signs of complications both immediately after surgery and during the recovery process. Failure to detect or adequately respond to such complications can be grounds for malpractice suits.

  7. Technical Errors: As with any surgery, there is a risk of technical errors in performing bariatric procedures. Errors such as incorrect placement of gastric bands, improper suturing, or other surgical techniques can lead to serious health issues.

  8. Adverse Effects from Anesthesia: Because bariatric surgery patients often have comorbid conditions, they may be at higher risk for anesthesia-related complications. Surgeons may share liability with anesthesiologists if complications arise from anesthesia.

Malpractice or liability insurance provides financial protection against claims of negligence or malpractice, covering legal defense costs, settlements, and judgments. For bariatric surgeons, this insurance is crucial for mitigating the financial risks associated with the high-stakes nature of weight-loss surgery. It allows surgeons to continue providing life-altering surgical interventions while managing the inherent legal and professional risks.

how much does insurance for bariatric surgeons cost?

The cost of malpractice insurance for bariatric surgeons varies significantly depending on their location. In major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and Miami, the premiums range from $43,000 to $80,000 for coverage with liability limits of $1,000,000/$3,000,000. Similarly, in cities such as Denver and Bridgeport, Connecticut, the premiums are around $50,000 to $55,000 with comparable liability coverage.

States like Iowa and Idaho offer relatively lower premiums for bariatric surgeons, with estimates ranging from $30,000 to $35,000. Conversely, in states like Washington, D.C., and New York, the costs can be notably higher, reaching up to $85,000 to $130,000 for similar coverage.

It’s essential for bariatric surgeons to consider factors such as the local legal environment, frequency of malpractice claims, and the availability of state-run patient compensation funds when assessing insurance options.

Some states also offer occurrence coverage instead of claims-made coverage, which may impact both the cost and coverage structure. Bariatric surgeons should consult with a good insurance broker like Westwood, to obtain personalized rate estimates tailored to their specific practice and location.

Westwood Insurance work with a number of different carriers to source the most suitable insurance for bariatric surgeons at the best price. Contact us today.


what types of insurance do bariatric surgeons need?

General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance

This is necessary for bariatric surgeons with their own facilities. It  covers medical expenses and attorney fees resulting from bodily injuries and property damage your facility or organization could be legally responsible for.

Business owner's policy (BOP insurance)

Business owner's policy (BOP insurance)

A Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) is a comprehensive insurance package designed for surgeons with small to medium-sized businesses, providing a blend of liability protection and property insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance overs any negligence or mistakes made by the individual bariatric surgeons during their practice. It differs from General Liability insurance, which covers the practice itself. 

Commercial Auto Insurance

Commercial Auto Insurance

This is relevant for bariatric surgeons who use a vehicle for your practice-related tasks. This insurance covers you against auto accidents, theft, and other vehicle-related incidents.

Workers Compensation Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance is usually mandated by law, to protect surgical practices and employees in case of work-related injuries or illnesses.

Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber Liability Insurance

Covers you against financial losses associated with data breaches, cyber attacks, and other cyber incidents. Insurers will usually conduct rigorous testing of your online system to fix vulnerabilities as part of this policy.

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Michael Richards, President of Westwood Insurance Group

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