I am wondering if anyone had a successful or not, lawsuit for bile duct injury caused during a lapriscopy gallbladder surgery? I am wondering what the settlement amount is like and how long it takes to receive it? Thanks!
Did you have more testing done to find you have an injured bile duct following the surgery? What symptoms are you having with it?
I found this blog interesting. He's a surgeon, and he talks about how he's had to go back and fix the cystic bile duct that other surgeons didn't take care of properly during the surgery.
I had the Hida scan, and my gallbladder was functioning at 5%. Surgery was done the next morning. The surgery was definetly no cure all for me. But, I also didn't know my liver was full of parasites blocking it, plus I didn't know I had active Lyme coinfections then either.
I went in for what should of been a routine gallbladder removal. The doctor told me I would be going home in 3 hours after the surgery. Instead I had to spend the night because I was in so much pain. I went home the next day only to call the doctor back because I was in extreme pain. He told me to keep taking more pain medication. The pain was getting worse and worse..I was calling the doctor everyday and he said it was normal and to increase the pain medication. On the 5th day after the surgery, my mother finally insisted we go to the hospital. After begging the doctor to do something, they finally did a scan and found out that the surgeon had cut the wrong duct. He cut the common bile duct. I was them taken to another hospital where I spent almost 3 months...9 procedures and the reconstructive surgery..finally I was able to go home. I now have filed a malpractice suit and just wonder what the success rate is and if anyone out there has been through a lawsuit like this...
Oh my gosh! That makes me mad for you! From what I've figured out on my own in the past 2 years, after going the Alternative route- gallbladder surgeries, high cholestrol med's, all the plaque med's, could be avoided if people had the right balance of needed substances in the bile. My gallbladder was not functioning because of the liver being so blocked! Now I know, after $30,000 spent on MD's that couldn't figure out why my liver continued to be a problem after gallbladder surgery--that my bile has been deficient- probably for years!
What they will not also tell you after gallbladder surgery--is you will need to take supplemental bile acids for the rest of your life too. I was just giving a cz friend info about this. This is what made the most significant difference for me with my liver in the past 6 months--after being so chronic for the past 3-4 years.
>>Most surgeons are blithely ignorant about the lost function of the gall bladder in patients who cholecystetomy. All patients lacking a gall bladder suffer from deficiency of bile acids. Patients lacking a gall bladder are unable to control bile secretion into the intestines to regulate proper absorption of fats, fatty acids, and fat soluble vitamins. Proper removal of toxins depends on bile acids that are not available in appropriate quantities after cholecystectomy. All persons who have had cholcystectomy need to take bile acids permanently. Without a gall bladder the patient has lost the ability to stock up on fat that can be used as a source of calories in illness and famine, essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins(A, D, E, K).
One of the main functions of bile is to break toxic substances into smaller pieces. These small pieces become bound to sulfur containing substances like glutathione and pass into the colon. Beneficial intestinal bacteria protect the colon from the toxin. These same healthy bacteria later facilitate separation of the toxin from bile acid which is reused to remove more toxins from the body as the toxic substance is eliminated in feces. Persons lacking healthy intestinal bacteria will be unable to protect the colon from toxin injury and separate toxins from sulfur transporting particles.
This is the bile salts (ox-bile) the ND has had me using, and he told me the same thing--with no gallbladder, supplemental bile salts are needed for life.
From Telman, on the Liver Flush Forum --my AH-HA moment!
Ox-bile PLUS choline is needed for stable bile! When I started taking both ox-bile, and phosphatidyl choline, it made a big difference. For the first month or so, you will wonder, but this has made a big difference for my father too (who also has no gallbladder and almost died too from pancreatitis and incompetent MD's!)
'Normal' Bile is a critically stable (Metastable) material. It is a mixture of 3 compounds:
They need to exist together in certain proportion and any imbalance in any of the 3 substances can lead to anomalies in the bile. Too much cholesterol and crystals of cholesterol and clumps of fatty material form. A drop in lecithin and crystals of cholesterol, clumps of fatty material and cluster of plastic like material form. A drop in bile salts and clumps of fatty material and cluster of plastic like material form.
I truly believe, that if people knew this that still have their gallbladders..there would be far less surgeries, and not the cholestrol problems that are so common!!
I'm so sorry to hear of what you have suffered through! What can be done for it? Nothing?
hi i know what you are going through i had the same surgery 2 and half years ago and i have a lawsuit againt my doctor to still waiting on the out come i dont know how comon it is but i know it should never have happened
I went in for a lap-gallbladder removal in October 2003, was toldi could go home that day after the surgery i was put in a room, very sick, the doctor told my husband, that he had nicked the bile duct, they kept me on pain meds and fluids, i kept getting worse, also on moriphine for pain,on the 8th day in the hospital my husband confronted the doctor and told him he had better do something or else, he sent me to another hospital, upon arrival, after an x-ray,i was put into icu, they could not do any surgery, because i was so swollen, all they could do was put drainage tubes (4)in my abdomen to drain the bile. ( I was 136lbs when i went into the er the first time) on this 8th day i weighed 198, and had not had a bite to eat. I stayed in this hospital for 30 days untili was stable enough to go home, and was told i would have to have more surgery to repair what the first doctor did, which by the way was not a nick, my bile duct was cut completely in half. 4 months later i had the surgery after becoming very sick, and almost scratched my skin off, brome the bile in my blood. To this day i still have good days and bad, and it all ended up costing us 300,000.00 in medical bills, with no insurance we lost our home and 10 acres of land. Yes I have a law suit,it's been building going on 7 years, just heard the other day we will have our day in court Sept. 2010
wow. very interesting reading what you all have said!
I don't like going to doctors much and hardly ever go. I need to though, because my incision is hurting...it has been since June that I got out of the hospital!
I am going to call my lawyer again tomorrow on the lawsuit...I want it to hurry up and get over with. He says its better to wait until closer to the statue of limitations gets nearer...which is 3 years in my state. It has now been one year since the original surgery. I am tired of waiting. They need to stop doing the lapriscopy gallbladder removals!! They cant see well enough and that is why they are making these mistakes!
I read your post and feel very sorry for you. The journey of the ill effects from having your gallbladder removed will never end until you die. I was conned by a doctor back in 1985 who removed my gallbladder when all I had wrong with me was severe on-going headaches and was bloating because of the amount of O.T.C. pain medication I was taking to try and combat the pain. I went back to college to study anatomy and physiology after I realized what the two bad doctors did to me deliberately for money. I then turned them both into the Medical Disciplinary Board for this state which is WA. It did nothing but to alert all the bad doctors within this state that people are on to their ploy. One of the doctors that I turned in was on the board himself and all the medical board then did was to help him move out of state, would not bring charges against him and stated that he did no wrong. I am going into federal district court over this issue of being conned and fraud-ed into having any surgery done to the public just because of our naive trust that we each have. Bad doctors will check each patient out for a lack of education and trust level and if they feel they can get away with anything they each will initiate whatever. With the way our Medical Disciplinary Boards are set up within each state....there is no one over the doctors of the U.S.A. and they know it. This needs to be changed before any more innocent people are harmed. I am going to begin a forum to unite gallbladder surgery victims. This will help when I go into court. Both governors of this state during the time period that I turned the bad doctors in until now, know what is going on and is permitting it for money flow. I think that we the public can all come up with a better way to run our country money wise. They themselves will never be put through these con surgeries because they know the ropes. That is not fair. Was wondering how your day in court went?