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Don't get stonewalled after a botched gallbladder surgery

One of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States is laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. Removal of the gallbladder is the best solution for people with painful and recurring gallstones.

Most patients opt for laparoscopic treatment rather than traditional surgery because of the decreased healing time and reduced discomfort. Although generally regarded as a safe procedure, any surgery can be risky, particularly when anesthesia is involved.

What are the risks of laparoscopic surgery?

People choose laparoscopy to avoid the invasiveness of a scalpel; however, it is not always possible to avoid. A study in 2010 revealed that as many as 10 percent of laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries switched mid-procedure to open surgery. Commonly cited reasons are injury and bleeding.

Laparoscopic surgery, while less invasive, can be difficult to perform. The surgeon cannot directly see the site of the procedure, nor does he or she have direct access should a complication arise. Some of the possible complications of this surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding
  • Damage to the common bile duct
  • Damage to the small intestine
  • Bile leakage
  • Gallstones pushed into common bile duct or the abdominal cavity
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Damage to the liver
  • Risks from anesthesia

Some of these complications can be very serious and may require additional surgery to correct. If not immediately discovered, a surgical error can cause major health issues.

Where can you turn after surgery goes wrong?

In the majority of cases, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is successful and without issue. However, that is of small comfort if you or someone you care for has suffered as the result of a surgical procedure that went awry. Surgical errors can be frightening and painful, and they may have a lasting impact on your life. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to procure an admission of error, let alone acceptable compensation, from a doctor or a medical facility.

A fight like this is probably best left to an experienced professional. Even if you're not completely certain a negligent act occurred, a personal injury lawyer can examine the details of your case, consult with experts and provide clear guidance on how to proceed. Rather than resigning yourself to unnecessary suffering, making a simple phone call could be the start of the road to recovery and justice.

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