Surgery Risks & Complications

gallbladder anatomy

Attorney Thomas Dunbar Specializes in Medical Malpractice Law

Thomas Dunbar has written two prominent articles on the risks and complications involved in gallbladder surgery, also referred to as laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  An injury to the patient during this surgery can be life-threatening and cause life-long consequences.  Both laymen and legal practitioners should be aware of the future risks prior to resolving a claim of medical negligence causing bile duct injury.  For additional information, read these two articles by Thomas Dunbar:

Primer on Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery and Injury to the Biliary Tract

Insurer’s “Spin Defense” to Bile Duct Transection

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

SAGES is a professional organization of surgeons  who specialize in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures, and it publishes guidelines and procedural information for its members.  SAGES reports that over 750,000 gallbladder removal surgeries are conducted each year in the U.S.  Injuries to the bile duct have increased since laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures were introduced.  According to SAGES, injuries to the bile duct occur in about 3 of every 1000 procedures.  The following is information published by SAGES that addresses these issues:

Strategies for Minimizing Bile Duct Injuries: Adopting a Universal Culture of Safety in Cholecystectomy

Guidelines for the Clinical Application of Laparoscopic Biliary Tract Surgery