Our expert team of solicitors has experience in handling claims for patients who have suffered severe injuries following negligent gallbladder surgery and need further surgery to correct the damage. The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ in the upper right abdomen. Bile, which is produced by the liver to help break down fatty foods, is stored in the gallbladder. In fact, you can live without a gallbladder, so for some who develop problems with their gallbladder, an operation to remove the gallbladder can be recommended. Of course, patients would then be advised to modify their fat intake going forward. Gallstones can develop within the gallbladder. Often, they do not cause a problem and you can be completely unaware that you have gallstones. Other times though, gallstones can block the bile duct preventing the flow of bile into the gallbladder causing irritation and inflammation. This is called cholecystitis and it can cause severe pain, nausea, vomiting, or even jaundice (when your skin turns yellow because your liver function goes awry). Surgery to remove the gallbladder is often recommended and is usually effective. The operation to remove the gallbladder is known as cholecystectomy. It is a common operation and is usually successful in resolving a patient’s symptoms. Occasionally, however, things can go wrong and when this happens, the consequences can be severe, even life-changing. All surgeons are now trained to carry out gallbladder surgery through the keyhole technique (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) rather than ‘open’ surgery through a single larger incision. For this reason, it would be most unusual for a surgeon to perform an open cholecystectomy. In our experience, the most common error in gallbladder surgery occurs when the surgeon misidentifies the anatomy of the gallbladder and surrounding area, confusing and mixing up the ducts and blood vessels. If the wrong duct or blood vessel is cut, it can cause very serious injury cutting off the blood supply to part of the liver or leaking bile in the abdominal cavity. These problems are sometimes made worse when there is also a delay in recognising that something has gone wrong. Our solicitors have acted for clients who have required emergency surgery to correct the damage caused by surgical negligence during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, including major bile duct reconstruction surgery to repair the surgical injury. In the worst cases our solicitors have encountered, medical negligence victims have suffered permanent liver damage, even needing a liver transplant, and life-threatening sepsis requiring treatment in intensive care. At RHL Solicitors, we understand that no one would wish to begin the long and emotional journey of claiming damages against the medical profession without good cause. However, it’s crucial to ensure you get the expert legal advice and support you need. RHL Solicitors’s specialist medical negligence solicitors act for the victims of medical negligence, conducting thorough and rigorous clinical negligence investigations with the intention of establishing liability and recovering compensation. The expert reports we disclose to the Defendant during the claim process can also help to make a difference and to improve future care. If you believe that you or your loved one may have received substandard gallbladder surgery or post-operative care, contact us on 0344 7768328 to explore a possible claim for compensation on a No Win No Fee Agreement.