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Abdominal Surgery - Medical Malpractice
Abdominal surgery can involve any kind of surgery to the abdomen, including bowel surgery, weight loss surgery, other stomach surgery, heartburn surgery, gallbladder surgery and even surgery to major organs, such as the liver, spleen and kidneys. Most abdominal surgeries, while complex, have no specific complications but the possibility of severe complications and death are always possible. Doctors make every effort to protect the abdominal contents from perforation, infection or bleeding but it is not always possible to do this and mistakes can be made.
Chest infections are possible because the lungs don't expand enough during surgery. This is especially true if you don't have an excellent immune system or if you were a smoker or had a preexisting lung condition. Antibiotics can take care of these types of infections and usually the person recovers from the illness.
Peritonitis can happen in abdominal infections and this is more serious. It involves infection within the abdomen in the lining of the abdomen, in the outer part of the intestines and on all surfaces within the intestines. Abscesses can occur, depending on what kind of organism is involved. Peritonitis can involve a puncture of the abdominal viscus or hollow organs of the abdomen that allow bacteria to spill out into the abdomen. This can be a life threatening complication of the surgery and can necessitate having further surgeries to clear out organisms and abscesses, antibiotics to kill bacteria and support of the cardiopulmonary system.
Wound infections are also possible that occur on the skin or just inside the abdomen. These are less severe than peritonitis but can turn into peritonitis if the infection goes unchecked. Antibiotics are given at the time of surgery to prevent wound infections but they can occur anyway. A wound infection that is not particularly sensitive to pre-surgery antibiotics or post-surgical antibiotics is MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. This is a common infection in hospitals that can result in death.
There are other infections that can occur, such as those to the bladder catheters, those to the IV catheters and those to drains that are used to drain the wound. The catheters are usually removed in such cases and antibiotics are given to stop the infection.
Blood clots can be caused by abdominal surgeries. If a person doesn't walk soon after surgery and is bed-bound, they can get a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg-a condition called deep vein thrombosis. It can stay that way and need heat and blood thinners to get rid of the clot. In some cases, the clot can break off and can cause a pulmonary embolism, a severe blood clot to the lungs that interferes with oxygenation and can easily be fatal. Doctors can provide the patient with small amounts of heparin to stop clotting from occurring in the veins.
There can be excessive bleed during or after surgery. If the surgeon nicks a large vessel or doesn't control bleeding of smaller vessels, the bleeding can continue during or after the surgery is over with. This can result in low blood pressure, anemia, pain from displaced organs, and inflammation of the organs. It can result in death if left untreated. Doctors can treat blood loss by giving blood transfusions or by going back into the surgery and cauterizing or repairing the affected blood vessels. Drainage tubes can be put into the abdomen to drain out the blood and to monitor how much blood is being lost so that the right amount of blood can be replaced in a transfusion. If the blood continues from the drain, then surgery needs to be done to correct the bleeding.
Another complication of abdominal surgery is called an ileus. This is paralysis of the smooth muscle of the bowels and intestines so that nothing moves through the bowel. This occurs more commonly when the intestines are handled too much. The individual cannot eat or drink until the ileus resolves, usually within a few days.
Obstruction of the bowels can happen after the surgery when scar tissue or adhesions happen after the surgery is over with. Adhesions can cause the bowel to twist or kink so that nothing can pass through it. Surgery on the bowel can cause scar tissue that concentrically blocks the bowel at the level of the surgery. Often, a repeat surgery is necessary to correct the problem.LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7125