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Bowel perforation during surgery is a serious mistake

| Dec 5, 2019 | Firm News, Surgical Errors

Many people in the Houston area may have to have abdominal surgery at some point in their lives. For example, a C-Section is a type of abdominal surgery that many women in Texas undergo in order to deliver a healthy baby.
Even with modern technology and improved medical care, these are still serious operations that can lead to serious consequences should the surgeon make a careless mistake.
One such mistake, which is unfortunately all too common, is for a surgeon to accidentally scrape or cut a person’s bowel with the surgical equipment. Should this happen and escape the surgeon’s notice, it could result in bleeding and serious infections. Although perhaps less common, a perforated bowel can also develop should surgical stitches or staples fail following an operation in the area.
A perforated bowel is a serious medical condition which should receive immediate treatment. Symptoms include severe pain in the abdomen as well as nausea and vomiting. Particularly with the onset of an infection, fever and chills may also develop.
Usually, a perforated bowel is going to require another surgery as well as treatment for any infection. In some cases, a person may have to have a colostomy or ileostomy, which can mean that the person will permanently have to empty his intestines by artificial means.
While it may not have been done intentionally, a surgeon who perforates a patient’s bowel has made a serious surgical error. The mistake will likely mean the patient has to go through another surgery and will therefore incur additional medical bills. Additionally, the patient may have to take more time off work and could experience additional pain and suffering.

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