Gallbladder Surgery

If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a medical professional in Chicago or the Suburbs you may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. I have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and I will fight for you!!! Me and my team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, I understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from a medical professional’s negligence. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs I am here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Me or one of my experienced medical malpractice attorneys would be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and would be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call me now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

Approximately 700,000 Americans have their gallbladders surgically removed each year, with most of them being done by a minimally invasive procedure called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or lap-choly. The procedure is performed by the use of small incisions, and the insertion of a camera and small surgical instruments. Most commonly the gallbladder is grasped with the operating tools and the surgeon dissects his way from the gallbladder towards a tube called the cystic duct. Once the cystic duct is identified, it is clipped with small surgical clips and the gallbladder is removed.

Bile, which is produced in the liver and concentrated in the gallbladder, helps in the digestion of fatty foods. Bile reaches the gallbladder though tube-like structures called ducts. Ducts leaving the liver meet to form the common bile duct (CBD) and the cystic duct connects the common bile duct to the gallbladder. Injury to the ducts leaving the liver, or to the common bile duct, are preventable injuries that can be catastrophic. Patient safety requires that avoiding bile duct injury should be the surgeon’s primary goal. Studies have shown that misidentification by the surgeon of the ductal structures is the most common reason for these injuries.

Despite being a golden rule that a surgeon must never clip or cut a structure unless he is absolutely sure of what the structure is, nevertheless, common bile ducts are misidentified as cystic ducts at an alarming rate.

When a surgeon encounters any difficulty whatever in correctly identifying the ductal structures, it is easy to convert the procedure into an open one. This simply requires removing the laparoscopic instruments and then making a larger incision. The larger scar and longer recovery time pale in comparison to the adverse effects of bile duct injury, and should never prevent the surgeon from converting to open. Despite the fact that open surgery gives the surgeon a good look at the common bile duct, surgeons who perform open surgeries as a matter of choice still cut or damage this structure.

Another problem is that the majority of injuries are not recognized at the time of surgery and repair is delayed. If a cholecystectomy is difficult, it is prudent for the surgeon to get an intra-operative consultation from an experienced surgeon, both to avoid the injury and to recognize that it has occurred. The treatment of these injuries is complex, requiring a team of experienced surgeons and clinicians, and there should be no hesitation in transferring a patient to a tertiary care center when ductal injury is suspected.

Before undergoing surgery, make sure your surgeon is board certified in General Surgery. Ask if your surgeon was trained in minimally invasive surgery during his/her residency, or whether he/she did a post-residency Fellowship. Ask how many procedures he does every year-the more the better.

I have years’ worth of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated medical evidence. I work closely with medical experts, such as doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and therapists throughout the legal process. If necessary, I can also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many medical malpractice cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. I do this in order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, we use financial professionals to derive fair resolutions for our injury victims. It is through this coordinated effort that I have consistently obtained record-breaking awards and settlements and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for their injured clients.

If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury as a result of medical malpractice, negligence or carelessness of a Chicago doctor or other Chicago health care provider, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice due to the Failure to diagnose a malfunctioning shunt by a Chicago doctor or other Chicago health care provider, please contact me at (312) 888-8000 to learn more about your legal rights.

My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the people of Chicago or the Suburbs who have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent medical professional, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of their medical malpractice. Me and my team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs I am here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Me or one of my experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Me and my experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call me now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

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