Gallbladder Removal

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a medical procedure involving the surgical removal of the gallbladder. During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a tube carrying a video camera is inserted through an incision in the navel, making laparoscopic cholecystectomy quicker and less invasive than traditional gallbladder surgery. Patients whose doctors utilize laparoscopic cholecystectomy generally have shorter recovery times and less incision pain than those using standard abdominal surgery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy now represents 90% of the cholecystectomies performed, and is the most common general surgery procedure.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is not without risks; it is still surgery, involving the same dangers as general surgery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is occasionally unable to remove the gallbladder, so that abdominal surgery is required. Other laparoscopic cholecystectomy risks include diagnostic errors or oversight, and damage to bile ducts, blood vessels, or intestine. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy improperly performed by negligent physicians causes serious complications, usually through bile duct damage. Additionally, laparoscopic cholecystectomy may be unsuitable for some patients, including pregnant women, and those with previous abdominal surgery. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy may also be ruled out by a doctor if the candidate has other medical complications.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is an exciting development, but it must be properly executed. Doctors improperly trained in laparoscopic cholecystectomy may create additional discomfort and even endanger the lives of their patients through surgical error. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy patients who have suffered complications due to surgical error may need legal representation.

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