One of the largest concerns during a gallbladder surgery is that the bile duct will be injured. When this happens, it can lead to serious complications. In the worst cases, this could even be a fatal mistake made by the surgeon.
The liver actually makes bile in the human body, but your gallbladder is the storage system. If the duct is injured -- depending on the situation, it could be pinched, burned, or cut -- it may not function as it should. This can either cause the normal release of bile to be blocked, or it can allow the duct to leak excess bile. This bile is released into your abdomen, and it can be quite painful.
Wondering what the odds are that this happens to you? Studies have found different things, and statistics do change from year to year, but most estimates assume about one injury occurs for every 1,000 surgeries.
The symptoms of these injuries are fairly well known. You may get a fever, which could be accompanied by chills. You may begin vomiting, or you may at least feel serious nausea. As noted, the injury can be painful, so you may notice both swelling and pain in your abdomen. One of the most severe symptoms is the development of jaundice, a condition that can make the whites of your eyes and your skin take on a yellow hue.
Bile duct injuries are quite serious, potentially leading to a lot of pain and suffering and high medical bills. If this has happened to you, you may be able to get financial compensation.
Source: Cleveland Clinic, "Bile Duct Injuries During Gallbladder Surgery," accessed Dec. 08, 2016