One of the most common operations carried out by the NHS every year is surgical removal of the gall bladder, also known as cholecystectomy. The gall bladder is a pear-shaped pouch found on the right side of your tummy, responsible for storing bile. This is a digestive fluid, produced by your liver, used to break down fatty food. Unfortunately, when the balance of waste products, bile salts and cholesterol in the gall bladder is off, gallstones can form. These are small, hard stones that often cause no symptoms, but can cause complications for some people.
Gallstones may irritate the gall bladder, travel to other parts of your body or get trapped in a duct, causing sickness, intense abdominal pain and jaundice. The main solution for anyone with painful gallstones is a cholecystectomy, where the gall bladder is removed. Laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ surgery is usually used, with a tiny incision made in the abdomen. Recovery usually only takes a couple of weeks to a month, and although complications are rare with this type of surgery, they can still occur. Infection of the incision can occur in 1 in 15 cases, whilst bleeding, bile leakage and bile duct injury could affect some people. Injury to surrounding organs and tissues is also possible during keyhole surgery.
Have you been affected by a gall bladder surgery error?
Whilst the risk of error or injury during a cholecystectomy is fairly low, mistakes can happen. If you have suffered injuries to surrounding organs during keyhole surgery or an infected incision, the consequences could be serious. Whilst medical negligence may be to blame, this is not always the case, so it’s important to establish where the fault lies for the error. A personal injury lawyer will work with experienced medical specialists to assess whether or not clinical negligence has occurred. If it has, an assessment of your injuries will be the next step.
Personal injury lawyers to the rescue
The good news is that by choosing the right personal injury lawyer, you can make the whole claims process as stress-free and simple as possible. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been handling claims for medical negligence since 2000. We offer advice in confidence, with no obligation to proceed with a claim. So whether you have suffered after a surgical error or experienced the consequences of a medical misdiagnosis, we can help. It’s free to call us on 0800 689 0500 and we’re here 24/7 to take your call.
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown