Report on emergency gallbladder surgery


A recently released study of almost 600 gallbladder surgeries has shown several findings related to emergency gallbladder surgeries in New York and across the nation. Data showed that 22 patients suffered from almost three-dozen complications. An emergency gallbladder surgery is riskier than a planned surgery, and 18 of those complications were after emergency surgery. More than 90 percent of the surgeries at night were unplanned, and older males also ran a higher risk of problems associated with surgery.

The lead researcher presented the data at the yearly meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract in Florida. Although the study seemed to indicate pattern of surgical errors related to emergency gallbladder surgeries, the study was not large enough to generalize the findings. However, even though the findings in the study are preliminary, the results showed that additional research is needed.

Some patients could be a higher risk of complications and addressing those issues before surgery could help reduce problems during surgery. Sufferers from gallbladder problems should seek medical help because a delay in treatment could mean complications when surgery is needed. Gallstones that block drainage from the gallbladder and liver cause many gallbladder issues. Symptoms often manifest as pain in the upper-right abdomen, an upset stomach and vomiting. Sufferers are not helped by taking medication or by moving around. The person usually experiences these symptoms after meals, and they can last for one to four hours.

When medical personnel make mistakes during surgery, the results can lead to permanent injury or even death. A medical malpractice lawyer might be able to help clients determine who should be held responsible after a botched surgery. The lawyer might file a lawsuit on the behalf of the injured party to seek fair and just compensation.

Source: US News & World Report, “Complications More Likely With Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Study“, July 03, 2013

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