Gallbladder Removal Surgery Complications
Cholecystectomy Complication Injuries
Gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed by doctors today. As a patient, you should be able to rest knowing that your doctor is taking precautions not to damage other organs while performing this routine surgery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you have suffered serious gallbladder removal surgery complications such as cutting the bile duct or perforation of the bowel, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today for a free consultation at (713) 932-0777. You should not have to suffer after such a routine surgical procedure.
What are Gallstones?
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that collects and stores bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver. Unfortunately, our gallbladders do not always work right. When they fail to function properly and allow too much bile and cholesterol to accumulate, gallstones may form. Gallstones are typically either made of cholesterol (Cholesterol Stones) or bile (Pigment Stones). Both forms can be very painful when the block a bile duct.
Gallstones do not go away on their own; however, sometimes they may cause no signs or symptoms. If a gallstone becomes stuck in the wrong place and blocks the flow of bile, the following symptoms may be experienced:
- Sudden and intensifying pain in the upper right side of your abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in your right shoulder
The only way to remedy the pain is to remove the gall bladder entirely.
What Types of Gallbladder Surgery are There?
There are two ways doctors may choose to perform a cholecystectomy:
- Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
- Open cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is performed through a series of small incisions in the abdomen that allow surgeons to remove your gallbladder without making a large opening in your belly. This is a common medical procedure that can significantly reduce pain and recovery time due to its non-invasive nature. However, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is not appropriate for all patients so be sure to consult a licensed medical professional about the factors associated with this procedure if you feel like you may need it.
The second way to have your gallbladder removed is an open cholecystectomy. This is when doctors may use one large incision on your belly to remove your gallbladder. There are a serious of factors that affect a surgeon’s decision on how to operate so always consult a licensed medical professional if you feel you are suffering from issues with your gallbladder.
What are the Complications Associated with a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?
While the laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a common medical procedure, it can also result in more pain for many reasons. Some of the more serious complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy include:
- Injury to the common bile duct or other biliary structures
- Perforated bowel
If a doctor does not properly examine a patient’s medical history or identify the proper biliary and duct structures, they are putting their patient’s life in danger. One of the more rare but serious complications associated with laparoscopic cholecystectomy is an injury to the bile duct. This injury may result in serious liver damage and require additional surgery to fix.
Personal Injury Claims for Medical Negligence
If you or someone you know has experienced serious injuries as a result of gallbladder removal surgery, you may be entitled to legal compensation. To fully understand your rights, call (713) 932-0777 for a free case evaluation with an experienced personal injury attorney. Since 1979, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., has help individuals injured due to the negligence of others. Contact us today for more information on your medical malpractice claim at (713) 932-0777.