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Gallbladder Removal

The surgery to remove the gallbladder is called a cholecystectomy (pronounced co-lee-sis-tec-toe-mee).

This procedure is usually carried out using minimally invasive techniques. This means that the gallbladder is removed small incisions rather than by open surgery. This operation is called a Laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

The recovery period is much less with the laparoscopic technique and open surgery is very rare now.

Why is this operation performed?

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually performed because the patient has longstanding and painful gallstones that cannot be treated in any other way.

Gallstones often will cause no symptoms but sometimes they can block the flow of bile and cause a patient to suffer with a severe pain emanating from the gallbladder – the upper abdomen area. The pain can be enough to warrant an operation but some patients may also be at risk of jaundice.

What can go wrong?

First of all it must be emphasised that the vast majority of Laparoscopic cholecystectomies are very successful and there are no complications.

Sometimes however, a surgeon can make mistakes in recognising the intricate anatomy around the gall bladder.

This can mean that the metal clips used in the procedure can be applied to the wrong ducts – often leading to a permanent and serious injury. Hodge Jones Allen have acted in such cases where the biliary duct has been injured during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. A further operation – called a Roux-en-Y procedure is often then required. The Roux-en-Y procedure creates a new passageway from which bile can drain from the liver to the small intestine.

In such cases the claimant’s case is always that their anatomy could and should have been properly identified during the operation and that the clips were negligently placed. The defendant often will try to defend these cases by arguing that the patient’s anatomy was abnormal and that there was no negligent treatment. This is an all too common defence.

How can Hodge Jones Allen help?

Our highly experienced team of specialist clinical negligence lawyers are here to assist and to advise. They will advise you comprehensively about the merits of your claim, funding and ensure that you and your family get the best possible results.

The majority of our cases are funded by way of a conditional fee agreement, more commonly known as a no win no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Our Medical Negligence Solicitors are backed by four decades of experience. Our legal practice and team of London Solicitors have a strong track record of achieving favourable client outcomes. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 231 6369 today.

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