Signs & Symptoms of Gallbladder Surgery Complications
Although gallbladder removal surgery is a relatively common procedure, mistakes can occur during this operation, causing patients to develop complications. Understanding the signs of gallbladder surgery complications and injuries is vital because it can help people know when it’s time to:
- Seek emergency medical care to prevent worsening (if not life-threatening) complications.
- Consult a lawyer to find out if medical mistakes or negligence may have contributed to their injuries and complications.
Minor Gallbladder Surgery Complications: Digestive Problems
Experiencing complications after traditional or laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is not the norm. However, some patients may develop digestive problems as their bodies adjust to the loss of the gallbladder. When relatively minor digestive problems arise after gallbladder surgery, they can include any combination of the following:
- Temporary or chronic diarrhea
- Temporary constipation
- Difficulties digesting fatty foods.
Medications, dietary changes and other non-invasive treatments may help mitigate or resolve these issues.
Symptoms of Serious Gallbladder Surgery Injuries & Complications
Tragically, the complications from gallbladder removal surgery (both traditional and laparoscopic) can be far more serious than digestive problems for some patients. When these more severe complications arise, they can include (but may not be limited to):
- Punctured bile ducts
- Punctured internal organs or blood vessels
- Anesthesia-related complications
- Injuries caused by surgical tools being left inside of patients.
Some common symptoms of these serious gallbladder surgery complications can include (but may not be limited to):
- Sharp pain in the upper abdomen, which may extend to the stomach, right shoulder and/or back
- Bloating and/or abdominal swelling
- Jaundice, which is typically marked by yellowing skin and/or yellowing of the whites of the eyes.
When these symptoms arise following open or laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, it’s critical that patients see a physician for an immediate diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, additional surgeries may be needed to treat the injuries and save lives.
When More Serious Gallbladder Surgery Complications Arise: The Risk Factors
Any number of factors can play a role in causing patients to develop serious complications after gallbladder removal surgery. Some of the most common risk factors for these injuries and complications include:
- Surgeon inexperience – In fact, the risks of complications tend to sharply increase when surgeons have performed less than 25 gallbladder removal surgeries.
- Surgeon mistakes or recklessness – Even surgeons who are experienced at performing gallbladder removals can overlook things or make poor decisions that can contribute to surgery-related injuries.
- Other medical professionals’ negligence – This can include the careless or reckless actions of radiologists, operating room nurses, post-operative nurses, etc.
- The policies and/or facilities of a hospital – This can involve, for instance, a lack of policies for preventing “never events” (like leaving surgical instruments in patients), poorly maintained facilities (that may contribute to hospital-acquired infections), etc.
Contact a Midland Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
If you or a loved one has developed serious complications after undergoing gallbladder surgery, find out more about your rights and recovery options by contacting a Midland medical malpractice lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, you can get uncomplicated answers about your rights and recovery options, empowering you to make the right decisions for you and your family as you move forward.
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