Gallstones can cause excruciating pain, and the surgical removal of the gallbladder, also known as cholecystectomy, is the most common means of addressing serious gallbladder issues. The laparoscopic approach to this surgery has become the primary way of performing the procedure, allowing for small incisions and quicker recovery times. The process involves creating very small incisions in the abdominal area so that video equipment and surgical instruments can be used to effectively perform the procedure.
Because abdominal muscles are not cut during a laparoscopic gallbladder removal, recovery is less difficult for a patient. However, complications are possible, making it important for a patient to understand what to expect during the recovery period. In some cases, complications result because of negligence during the surgical procedure. One such issue is a bile duct that is punctured, clipped or transected. This can result in the leakage of bile, a situation that could cause serious problems.
It is important for a patient to adhere to post-surgery cautions related to activity and diet. However, ongoing pain or other symptoms that cause concern may need to be addressed during follow-up appointments. It may also be important to consider seeking a second opinion to determine whether post-surgery symptoms are typical or unusual. While a bile duct injury is the most typical surgical error associated with a laparoscopic gallbladder removal, additional problems and complications can occur.
If you suspect a surgical error, you may not be sure of the best approach to dealing with the pain and financial impact of the issue. It may be appropriate to discuss the situation with a medical malpractice attorney in order to evaluate your options. An attorney who is familiar with errors related to gallbladder removal could discuss suspicions and symptoms, making recommendations for documenting the issue. Our surgical error page provides further information.
Source: Marion A. Morawicz, LTD. , "Chicago Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Lawyer", October 02, 2014