- About 700,000 people in the United States have their gallbladders taken out each year
- more than 90 percent of all gallbladder removals in the United States are performed laparoscopically.
- Errors in gallbladder surgery can result in wound infection, bile leaking into the stomach, damage to a bile duct from the liver, or even blood clots, the latter which can be life-threatening if not treated.
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When Routine Goes Wrong:
Gallbladder malpractice is more common than you think. A well-sited statistic that you will run across when researching Gallbladder surgery complications is that 2% of these surgeries result in patient injury. That is 1 out of every 200 gallbladder surgeries. Given that over 700,000 laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries occur in the United States each year there are roughly 14,000 patients who go in for a routine surgery only to awake to a potentially life-threatening condition. And that is just one of the many possible complications of the surgery.
Bile duct injuries are damage to the bile ducts that happen during gallbladder surgery. A bile duct can get cut, burned, or pinched. When this occurs, the bile duct will not be able to work correctly, leaking bile into the abdomen or blocking the normal flow of bile. Bile duct injuries lead to symptoms that can be painful, even deadly, if not treated. According to the Cleveland Clinic – most bile duct injuries that occur during gallbladder surgery happen because the area around the gallbladder and bile ducts is masked in some way so that the doctor cannot see it clearly. This can occur for a number of reasons, many of which are preventable. Bile duct injuries are common cases of Malpractice since doctors are aware of the danger and are trained to take precautions against causing damage.
Our law firm will investigate your case to find out if your gallbladder surgery complication was avoidable – and if so – proceed to determine the degree of any medical malpractice that may have occurred.
Given that this a Law Firm’s website there is a high chance that you are painfully aware of the consequences of a gallbladder surgery gone wrong. Our attorneys know all about the dangers facing patients, and we are experienced in building cases that can help heal wounds and return to a normal life. Our number is 855-90-4INJURY, and our fees are contingent upon success – which means you pay nothing unless we win your case.