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FAQs about Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery in New York

Jan 25, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

According to statistics, 90% of all gallbladder removals in the United States are performed laparoscopically. Also known as Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, and lap choly for short, gallbladder laparoscopy was first performed in 1987 and since then, there has been a significant increase in the number of people who get their gallbladders removed.

It is reported that each year, roughly 700,000 people in the country get a procedure to take out their gallbladders – this is an increase from 500,000 in the years before laparoscopic gallbladder surgery was introduced.

Common Questions about Gallbladder Laparoscopy

One of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., gallbladder removal is performed laparoscopically and many people in New York, and other places, have questions about the procedure, including:

Q1: How well does laparoscopic gallbladder surgery work?

A: This surgical procedure is safe and effective. A gallbladder laparoscopy eliminates gallstones that are located in the gallbladder and not the ones in the common bile duct. Although rare, there can be gallstone formation in the common bile duct many years after a patient gets their gallbladder removed.

Q2: What are the risks of a gallbladder laparoscopy?

A: Overall, there are not many risks that come with a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. The most serious potential complications of this procedure include:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Infection of an incision
  • Injury to the common bile duct
  • Small intestine injury caused by an instrument used in the procedure
  • Risks of general anesthesia

Q3: Are there any uncommon complications that I should know about?

A: Yes, there are a few uncommon complications that may arise with gallbladder laparoscopy, including:

  • Gallstones remaining in the abdominal cavity
  • Leakage of bile into the abdominal cavity
  • A gallstone that is pushed into the common bile duct
  • Injury to blood vessels in the abdomen, such as the hepatic artery, a major blood vessel that carries blood to the liver from the heart – these are rare cases
  • Cut liver

In some cases, some people experience ongoing abdominal symptoms after a gallbladder laparoscopy. These symptoms include gas, bloating, pain and diarrhea, or postcholecystectomy syndrome.

Q4: How fast can I recover from a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery?

A: Gallbladder laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure. Due to this, recovery is fast and less painful when compared to an open surgery.

Q5: What are the advantages of getting a gallbladder laparoscopy in New York?

A: There are quite a few advantages of this type of surgery, such as:

  • Instead of a 5 to 7 inch incision, only 4 small openings are made in the abdomen when a gallbladder laparoscopy is performed.
  • In most cases, patients have minimal post-surgery pain.
  • As mentioned already, the recovery period is faster than an open gallbladder surgery.
  • Most patients can return home after 1 day and return to normal activities faster.

Get Expert Legal Help in New York

If you or a loved one suffers complications after a gallbladder laparoscopy due to your surgeon’s negligence, you should immediately seek the help of the qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.

RMFW Law has won millions of dollars for past clients. You can be on this stellar list but you have to call us. We cannot call you, we do not know about your situation. If your case is viable, we will plot out a plan and discuss it with you.

We are only paid if you are paid. RMFW Law knows how to win these types of cases but they are complicated and we will explain every major development with you. Call us today!