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I had cholecystitis and went for a cholecystectomy gallbladder surgery, but the doctor/surgeon cut my bile duct. After the surgery, I was in so much pain from the bile eating away at my insides that I had to be on continuous morphine. The doctors did an ERCP and put a stent in to stop the bile leak. Even though the leak was solved, I was still in tremendous pain. It turns out the ERCP irritated my pancreas and the only thing that the hospital can do is put me on an automatic morphine drip. They say I’ll feel better in a couple days when my pancreas recovers. Is this medical negligence? Can I sue the doctors for messing up my surgery?

I had cholecystitis and went for a cholecystectomy gallbladder surgery, but the doctor/surgeon cut my bile duct. After the surgery, I was in so much pain from the bile eating away at my insides that I had to be on continuous morphine. The doctors did an ERCP and put a stent in to stop the bile leak. Even though the leak was solved, I was still in tremendous pain. It turns out the ERCP irritated my pancreas and the only thing that the hospital can do is put me on an automatic morphine drip. They say I’ll feel better in a couple days when my pancreas recovers. Is this medical negligence? Can I sue the doctors for messing up my surgery?

A: The injuries you’ve described are very painful. In addition, mistakenly cutting the common bile duct is one of the more common types of surgical negligence. Bile leaks are different than a surgeon negligently cutting a bile duct and different analyses are required in each situation. To learn about a medical negligence case involving a misdiagnosed bile leak, read this Florida medical malpractice lawyer article.


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