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General Surgery


What is a general surgery claim?

If, in the course of the surgery, the surrounding tissue or your organs are damaged or if you experience excessive bleeding or haemorrhage, you could be able to make a claim that you have suffered because of medical negligence. Errors in evaluating a patient prior to surgery, problems regarding patient consent or inadequate monitoring during or after the procedure, can also lead to a successful claim.


How do general surgery mistakes happen?

Because general surgery involves the contents of the abdomen where there are a number of organs and complex structures such as the colon and small bowel,  damage can be caused to the areas around the site of the surgery. If the damage is not acted upon promptly and effectively, it can have serious consequences for the patient. Poor surgical technique is one of the common reasons for a claim.


Issues that can lead to a general surgery claim

  • Damage to bladder, bowel or uterus
  • Inadequate organ transplant
  • Incontinence after surgery
  • Infection
  • Incorrect suturing
  • Nerve damage
  • Problems with anaesthetic
  • Scarring, disfigurement and ongoing pain

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More on general surgery claims

Gallbladder surgery

When someone has gallstones or gallbladder disease, the usual treatment is surgery to remove the gallbladder, called a cholecystectomy. This procedure is usually carried out by laparoscopic surgery, also known as keyhole surgery. Before removing the gallbladder, the surgeon places clips across the cystic duct and the blood vessel supplying the gallbladder, then cuts the structures to enable the organ to be removed. In some cases, the gallbladder needs to be removed through open surgery.

Complications after gallbladder surgery

Most commonly, a medical negligence claim arises because the surgeon failed to identify the blood vessels and ducts that should be cut and instead cut or placed clips on the wrong structures, causing injuries to them. The error can sometimes be corrected with simple techniques such as placing a stent; however, reconstruction surgery is often required to repair the damage. This procedure itself (a Roux-en Y loop) can have long-term consequences.

Perforation of common bile duct during ureteric stenting – £90,000

Mrs Carter underwent chemotherapy for a tumour on the wall of her bladder in 2004,followed by a cystectomy and surgical formation of an ileal conduit by a Consultant Urological Surgeon. Four and a half years later, she was experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections and her GP referred her back to see the consultant. He recommended…

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