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Lisa Marie Presley died from small bowel obstruction caused by bariatric surgery, coroner says

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Being in the USA no doubt the lawyers are circling and preparing to sue the surgeon who carried out the bariatric surgery.

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The report says the complication that Presley experienced is a common complication from bariatric surgery, which is a weight loss procedure. The Mayo Clinic says it is often done when other weight loss methods haven't worked or if a person has a serious medical condition.

Unless the heirs can prove the procedure was not called for, (due to it not being a last resort perhaps?) I don’t see a cause of action. It was a known complication. It’s literally a $h!t happens kind of thing.

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Lisa-Marie Presley did not need the bariatric surgery just looking at photos of her. She did not need to lose weight.

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Doesn't seem life a life threatening condition, especially when you can afford the best healthcare in the the land.

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A much more detailed article: https://people.com/lisa-marie-presley-died-from-complications-of-bariatric-surgery-what-to-know-about-the-weight-loss-procedure-7561508

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Harry_GattoToday 08:53 am JST

Being in the USA no doubt the lawyers are circling and preparing to sue the surgeon who carried out the bariatric surgery.

Since someone died, it is an important question.

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I think we have a woman who had too much money and could pay for any operation she wanted, even though there was no real medical reason for the surgery. The doctors, imho, did this like many docs to the famous and rich, do it for MONEY and bragging rights. I guess if it is not illegal, and she was fully aware of all the risks, there is probably very little they can do. Although I do think ethically, the docs were....how shall we say.... unethical. FIRST. Do no harm. Did she have a medical condition that really warranted such an operation apart from vanity and wanting to look sexy for a few pics? If the answer is no, then the docs should have said Sorry You don't need it. That would have been the most ethical approach. But I guess, that's capitalism. She paid for it in cash, and she paid for it with her life.

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Harry_GattoToday  08:53 am JST

Being in the USA no doubt the lawyers are circling and preparing to sue the surgeon who carried out the bariatric surgery.

There may be a statute of limitations on that.

EFDToday  08:58 am JST

The report says the complication that Presley experienced is a common complication from bariatric surgery, which is a weight loss procedure. The Mayo Clinic says it is often done when other weight loss methods haven't worked or if a person has a serious medical condition.

Unless the heirs can prove the procedure was not called for, (due to it not being a last resort perhaps?) I don’t see a cause of action. It was a known complication. It’s literally a $h!t happens kind of thing.

> wallaceToday  09:08 am JST

Lisa-Marie Presley did not need the bariatric surgery just looking at photos of her. She did not need to lose weight.

I agree. She looked fine. But women are pressured early in life to look thin, some get to the point of anorexa nervosa and/or unnecessary surgeries. And some surgeons just LOVE the money they get from it.

It's the same way with her mother Prissila. She used to look good for her age but she went to Polynesia to get a face lift procedure that isn't practiced in North America. It was a botch job, she now looks like a 'fish face'. Sad.

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Doctors kill a lot of people.

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Sad to say but she effectively killed her self through an unnecessary vanity operation. Says a lot about the medical profession in the US. Not the first wealthy celebrity to be killed by their doctors.

ABE234, I agree, first do no harm.

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JeffLeeToday  09:20 am JST

Doesn't seem life a life threatening condition, especially when you can afford the best healthcare in the the land.

Believe me it is life-threatening, I had it 5 years ago caused by adhesions from previous abdominal surgery. It can cause intestinal strangulation and cut-off of blood flow. I was in great pain, in the ER Tuesday night, emergency surgery Wednesday morning

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Lisa-Marie Presley did not need the bariatric surgery just looking at photos of her. She did not need to lose weight.

You don't have the slightest clue as to what this woman wanted or didn't want, you shouldn't speculate like that.

Sad to hear she passed away

I agree.

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I discussed this procedure with my personal physician, and on his advice I did not get it. He said it was too dangerous. One of our neighbors did get the surgery, and she is sorry she did so. She has had never ending complications, and trips to the emergency room.

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bass4funk

   Lisa-Marie Presley did not need the bariatric surgery just looking at photos of her. She did not need to lose weight.

> You don't have the slightest clue as to what this woman wanted or didn't want, you shouldn't speculate like that.

>    Sad to hear she passed away

> I agree.

I didn't say "want". Looking at photos of her she didn't have a weight problem. I say she didn't "need".

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Isn't that similar condition to what eventually led to her father's death?

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While bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, all forms of weight-loss surgery are major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Also, you must make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of bariatric surgery. (Mayo clinic)

Or just eat a healthy diet and exercise. Money and vanity can be a recipe for disaster.

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Lead a healthy life, don’t Over indulge, stay very active and don’t take any medical procedures unless totally necessary and you feel they are needed.

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Moneyed folk like to pay for quick and easy solutions and, as much as anything else, it was ignorance that killed her (and Elvis): the surgery was unnecessary and reports indicate that, despite the warning signs of pain from her body, she self-medicated instead of doing the right thing and seeking immediate attention from professionals.

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I didn't say "want". Looking at photos of her she didn't have a weight problem. I say she didn't "need".

Ok, so to clarify...you mean to say, in your personal opinion, you didn't think she needed to have any surgery. Well, that is ok, you can think any way you want. But more importantly, she felt that she needed it for whatever reason.

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My 27 yo cousin died of this on the operating table due to anaesthesia error. This is a highly invasive surgery cutting out a major organ that is responsible for unknown hormone signaling. I think the entire medical community needs to reassess using it.

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The super wealthy can afford preventive surgeries and procedures and as long as the doctors informed her of the risks, it's business as usual. Medical insurance no matter how good the coverage, will not pay for preventative procedures so patients need to pay by themselves. As long as the doctors gave her the whole picture, it's her responsibility and decision to go ahead. It might very well be that it was a surgery that she didn't even need.

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bass4funk

that's right I am entitled to have an opinion.

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