Experienced Lap Chole Bile Duct Injury Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys know that gallbladder removal is a common surgery in Missouri and throughout the United States. Once seen as a major surgery that required lengthy hospital stays and extended recoveries, the process has evolved into a much simpler procedure.
The much simpler procedure is called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or more commonly known as “Lap Chole,” which provides a shortened surgery and recovery time from the previous procedure’s requirements.
Unfortunately, the new Lap Chole procedure has led to an onslaught of surgeries that do not comply with the standard of care, leaving patients with bile duct injuries where the surgeon believed he or she identified and divided the cystic duct, when they actually cut into the bile duct.
In many cases, this mistaken cut is medical malpractice. However, even when the surgery itself does not rise to the level of medical malpractice, it can quickly become medical malpractice when the doctor either fails to realize the error or tries to ignore the mistake, and fails to convert the lap chole into traditional open surgery.
If you have suffered a Lap Chole Bile Duct injury or multiple injuries, we want to hear your story, so we can pursue the liable parties for your full financial recovery. Contact our experienced St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
What are the Most Common Lap Chole Bile Duct Injuries?
Lap Chole surgeries require surgical clips to be placed across the cystic duct and the artery that supplies blood to the gallbladder.
The cystic duct and artery are then divided between the clips, and the gallbladder is removed.
The most common surgical error is when the bile duct is clipped or cut, impeding the flow of bile between the liver and small intestine.
When an inexperienced or unskilled doctor mistakenly cuts the common bile duct or hepatic duct while believing that they are cutting the cystic duct, a patient may leak bile into the abdominal cavity causing pain, breathing difficulties, infection, additional and extremely serious injuries. or even death can occur.
If you suffered Lap Chole Bile Duct Injury while having your gallbladder removed in Missouri, contact our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation.