Types of gallbladder surgery

When the gallbladder goes wrong, this can lead to gallstones becoming trapped in a duct, irritating and inflaming the gallbladder or moving out of the gallbladder and into other parts of the body. Although there are some non-surgical ways to break down gallstones, in the majority of cases the best way to tackle to the problem is to remove the gallbladder. This is one of the most common operations performed by the NHS, with over 60,000 gallbladder removals taking place each year. There are two ways to remove the gallbladder:

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy makes use of keyhole surgery (known as laparoscopy) to remove the gallbladder. This is by far the most common method of removing the gallbladder as it generally has a far quicker recovery time and patients can normally return home the same day or the following morning.

Open cholecystectomy

This involves making a large incision in the abdomen to remove the gallbladder. Open cholecystectomy is generally only carried out if there are medical reasons why laparoscopic cholecystectomy cannot be safely performed.

What can go wrong with gallbladder surgery?

Although the majority of gallbladder operations are considered safe procedures with a low risk of complications, there can be injuries to the bile duct, intestine, bowel and blood vessels. Any injuries must be spotted and repaired straight away or they can lead to serious complications such as peritonitis.

Peritonitis is an inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the abdomen. It needs to be diagnosed and treated quickly to prevent possibly fatal complications. It can be treated with injections of antibiotics or antifungal medication but will sometimes require surgery.

How to claim compensation for gallbladder surgery complications

If you have undergone laparoscopic or open cholecystectomy which has caused health problems such as peritonitis, you may be able to claim compensation. The medical negligence team at CH Legal can advise you on your potential claim so don’t hesitate to contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.