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A perforated bowel can lead to medical complications

When a Houston resident goes in for surgery they likely anticipate that the surgeon will give them the utmost care. No one expects to be the victim of a surgical error but unfortunately they happen to thousands of residents in Houston and across the United States each year. One surgical error that can lead to a lifetime of complications is a perforated bowel.

When a person undergoes surgery in the abdominal region there is a risk of a perforated bowel. Any surgery from a colonoscopy to a hysterectomy can lead to a bowel perforation. The symptoms of a perforated bowel include abdominal pain, nausea, and fever. If the perforated bowel isn't treated, it can lead to a serious infection including septic shock. This is when an infection gets into the bloodstream and can be fatal. Additional surgery to fix the hold may be necessary, along with the patient using a colostomy bag for a period of time.

A patient who suffers a perforated bowel during surgery may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review the medical records and see if the doctor did not meet the standard of care by not detecting the perforated bowel or not treating it immediately. A medical provider may be liable for their negligence and victims may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages associated with the medical malpractice.

A surgical error like a perforated bowel can be very serious. Those who have suffered such injuries have rights.

Source: www.nlm.nih.gov, "Gastrointestinal perforation", accessed on Feb. 20, 2016

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