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I had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove my damaged gallbladder, but the surgeon left part of the gallbladder in which caused me to become infected and require multiple surgeries. I am left with chronic fatigue and large medical bills. Do I have a valid medical malpractice lawsuit?

I had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to remove my damaged gallbladder, but the surgeon left part of the gallbladder in which caused me to become infected and require multiple surgeries. I am left with chronic fatigue and large medical bills. Do I have a valid medical malpractice lawsuit?

A: It is rarely okay for surgeons to leave part of your gallbladder in you during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (lap choly). Surgeons may do so to provide a drain to pass bile from your liver to your intestine. This is required in a small number of people who do not have cystic ducts.

However, this departure from the standard lap choly must be documented in your medical records. If your medical records of the operation do not mention leaving part of your gallbladder in, then you likely have a valid medical malpractice case.


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