St. Louis Gallbladder Surgery Injury Attorneys
If a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is not performed correctly, it can result in serious injuries.
Each year thousands of people have their gallbladder’s removed in the United States. Gallbladder removal has become a very common surgical procedure. Today, gallbladders are removed laparoscopically, and this requires a skillful surgeon. However, complications can arise due to a doctors inexperience. If a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is not performed correctly, it can result in serious injuries.
Gallbladder Surgery Complications
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a botched gallbladder surgery, or other gallbladder complication due to a medical error, contact the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm by calling (314) 588-7200.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
The gallbladder is located under the right side of the liver. This small organ stores bile before it is released into the small intestine. When the gallbladder is surgically removed, this is called a cholecystectomy.
When gallstones develop in the gallbladder, they can sometimes be dissolved by medication or ultrasonic waves. However, when neither of those things work, the gallbladder may need to be surgically removed.
A laparoscopic gallbladder surgery involves removing the gallbladder through several small incisions that are made in the abdomen. A lighted scope with a video camera is inserted in one of the incisions by a surgeon. Using surgical instruments, a surgeon will then remove the gallbladder through the remaining incisions. The surgery usually lasts 2 hours or less.
Gallbladder Surgery Errors
Many gallbladder surgeries take place without incident. However, a common surgical error is the cutting of the bile duct. It is estimated that this occurs in 1 out of every 200 procedures. When a bile duct is cut, it results in bile backing up into the bloodstream. This can cause jaundice, or cause bile to leak into the abdominal cavity. While corrective surgery may be required to fix it, the patient may continue to suffer from digestive problems or have chronic pain.
Patients who suffer from a damaged bile duct, may suffer from primary sclerosing cholangitis. This is an infection of the bile duct. The term refers to inflammation of the bile duct. It can lead to long-term, serious health problems.
Gallbladder Surgery Injury Attorneys
The time allowed by law in which you may file a medical malpractice lawsuit arising from a surgical error is limited. If you wait to contact a lawyer, you may end up being barred by the statute of limitations from proceeding.
If you believe that you have a medical negligence claim stemming from a gallbladder surgical error, contact the surgical error attorneys at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation by calling (314) 588-7200.
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