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Medical Malpractice and Gallbladder Surgery Demystified

Dec 7, 2016 | Surgical Errors

A new study by researchers of patient safety has revealed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. It claims 251,000 lives each year, which is more than Alzheimer’s, respiratory disease, stroke, and accidents.

On the official list from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical errors rank just behind cancer and heart disease, which both caused roughly 600,000 deaths in 2014, and in front of respiratory disease, which took about 150,000 lives.

Errors in Gallbladder Surgery

Also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that removes the gallbladder. This procedure does not need a large surgical incision to get the abdominal cavity opened up. Gallbladder removal surgery is among today’s most frequently performed surgical procedures in the US.

When it is done correctly, many of these surgeries result in safe gallbladder removal. If it is not done properly, laparoscopic surgery can lead to devastating consequences for the patient. In some cases, the errors are caused by unskilled surgeons who attempt to perform the surgery, but injuries can also be caused by a skilled doctor during the surgery. If the errors are not immediately recognized and treated, there can be serious injuries or in some cases, even death.

Complications of Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

In laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, a common mistake that doctors make is the accidental cutting of the common bile duct, which is a part that empties bile into the small intestine from the liver. If the common bile duct gets compromised, there can be leakage of toxic bile into the abdomen, causing life-threatening complications.

The patient may need hospitalization so that additional surgery can be performed to drain the bile and repair the duct. If the surgeon is unable to salvage the duct, permanent tubes may need to be installed in the patient so that bile can be drained into an external bag.

Another common error in laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is accidentally perforating the adjacent organs, often the small intestine, which can subsequently lead to sepsis and other life-threatening infections.

If your doctor does not perform gallbladder surgery properly and complications arise due to the error, you may have a viable medical malpractice case. This is when you will need the help of an experienced attorney to help you file a claim or lawsuit against the negligent doctor.

RMFW Law does not fail to deliver!

There is not any guarantees in regards to the outcome but with this amazing and highly ethical law firm, you can guarantee you will receive fabulous legal representation.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of gallbladder surgery error, you should seek counsel from an experienced medical malpractice attorney at the Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff legal firm. You can get a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and determine if you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the healthcare provider or hospital.

Make the call today. There is no reason to wait. Screaming at the hospital staff is futile and can be counterproductive since you may need one of them on your side months later. The first meeting with RMFW Law is free, call them today!