Medical Negligence Claims: Gall Bladder Surgery Complications
- AuthorHelen Elstob
Serious injuries can be caused by delay in diagnosing Gall bladder surgery complications, as Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm's Personal Injury solicitors explain....
Gallstones are small stones that form in the gall bladder, usually made of cholesterol. They are very common and it is thought that one in 10 people in the UK will have gall stones. However, in most cases they do not cause a problem and the individual will not suffer any symptoms.
The symptoms of Gallstones include pain in the abdomen or right-sided pain, inflammation of the gall bladder and occasionally serious problems if they cause an obstruction.
Keyhole surgery, known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is a commonly performed procedure to remove the gall bladder. During the procedure, three or four cuts are made to the abdomen and a laparoscope video camera inserted. Where surgery is difficult due to inflammation or adhesions, a partial removal of the gall bladder, known as a subtotal cholecystectomy may be performed. The gall bladder will require suturing or stapling.
Complications and risks of gall bladder removal surgery include:
- Bile leakage
- Injury to the bile duct
- Injury to the intestine, bowel and blood vessels
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
The health risks associated with developing these conditions are very serious and must be identified without delay. A failure to diagnose these complications can result in further surgery, sepsis and death.
Your surgeon should immediately investigate and monitor any pain or illness following surgery. A scan should be performed and action taken.
Tilly Bailey & Irvine are specialists in representing clients who have suffered injury because of a delay in diagnosis. These types of injuries can have a lasting traumatic effect on the individual, both in terms of physical recovery and psychological impact.
If you have suffered a delay in diagnosis or treatment, our clinical negligence experts can help and advise you on the steps to take in claiming compensation. Contact our legal experts across the North East on 0333 444 4422.
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