Mrs Burford was diagnosed with gallstones in 1994 and was advised to have a cholecystectomy – an operation to remove her gallbladder. Because she had had previous abdominal surgery as a baby, she was advised that it would be attempted laparascopically (through key hole surgery), but that it was very likely the surgeon would convert to open surgery.
The surgery was completed laparascopically and, two days after being discharged, Mrs Burford was readmitted to hospital with pain, vomiting and jaundice. It was found that her common bile duct had been damaged during the procedure. The claim was settled in April 2012 and Mrs Burford was awarded £110,000 in compensation.Posted in General surgery