At least 750,000 patients a year undergo gallbladder surgery through an operation known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Laparoscopy is a form of surgery, where the patient’s abdomen or pelvis, receives small incisions, and with the aid of a tiny camera, the operation is performed. This is as opposed to an open procedure which was the traditional surgical approach that often involved large incisions.
A cholecystectomy is a big medical term that means the surgical removal of the gall bladder. So, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the removal of the gall bladder utilizing these small incisions, with a camera. Medical devices hold these small incisions open so the surgeon can perform the gallbladder removal with minimal bleeding and expedite recovery.
The gall bladder is attached to the body by the cystic duct, which is part of the biliary system. The biliary circulates bile which aids digestion and is secreted by the liver. It is stored in the gallbladder. When the gallbladder is removed, the cystic duct is cut or transected and the gallbladder is removed through the small incision. However, there are other ducts that remain that are important for proper bodily function. One such duct is the common bile duct, which is a larger and very important remaining duct.
The term “critical view” may have a negative connotation in certain situations. Not so in the performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. There is a technique in the performance of this procedure known as the critical view technique or a critical view of safety. The critical view, if performed properly, allows for the definitive identification of the cystic duct so the surgeon does not cut other structures around the gallbladder, including, importantly, the common bile duct. The cutting or improper clamping of the common bile duct can have disastrous results, including death. The failure to utilize the critical technique and transecting the common bile duct is tantamount to medical negligence or medical malpractice.
If a patient suffers disastrous, or even deadly results, from the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, it very well may be due to the surgeon cutting the common bile duct or other structures because the surgeon did not utilize or properly utilize the critical view technique. In other words, it’s the result of medical negligence or medical malpractice. If you or a family member have suffered these terrible consequences as the result of the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, contact Attorney Rolf Louis Patberg at 412-232-3500 or 1-800-471-6880 or email Attorney Patberg at email@example.com.