If you have to have surgery on your gallbladder, then it's important that you understand what will take place and how you should feel afterward. If something doesn't go right or you're left injured, it's important that you know the steps you can take to seek compensation for those injuries. Your surgeon should provide you with information on the surgery, have you sign a release form, and be aware of how you're recovering to prevent or treat complications.
One injury you should be aware of that can take place during your surgery is called a bile duct injury. This injury is caused by the area being pinched, burned, or cut. These injuries take place because the area around those ducts and the gallbladder are sometimes masked in a way that makes them hard to see clearly. This could happen if the anatomy of the gallbladder is unusual or if there is a lot of swelling or bleeding taking place.
These injuries are usually spotted by doctors at the time of the surgery and repaired. If not, then the injury may not heal properly, and you could find yourself struggling with a fever, vomiting, chills, abdominal pain, and jaundice. A second surgery could be needed to repair this injury, but if it's not discovered, patients could take months of recovery or even pass away from infection or other issues.
Our website has more information about surgical mistakes, so you can learn about how to handle your case. With the right support, you can be sure you are compensated fairly for your injuries.