James P. Howe

     Attorney At  Law   

36 South County Commons Way C6     

Wakefield, RI 02879     
(401) 788-0600    









           Laparoscopic Cholecystotomy Attorney, Laparoscopic Cholecystotomy Lawyer






Laparoscopic cholecystotomy is a relatively new surgical procedure of the gallbladder that helps patients with gallstones. This year alone, a million people will learn that they have gallstones and join the twenty million people in the United States that have previously been diagnosed. The gall bladder is responsible for the production of bile that aids in the digestive process. Averaging two centimeters in size, gallstones are made primarily out of cholesterol. Gallstones are more common in women than men and are associated with multiple pregnancies, obesity or rapid weight loss, age and some ethic populations. Laparoscopic cholecystotomy is a procedure that can alleviate the pain and potentially life - threatening complications caused by gallstones.

Prior to the availability of laparoscopic cholecystotomy to treat gallbladder problems, other treatment options were available. The most common treatment of gallstones before laparoscopic cholecystotomy was an open abdominal operation to remove the gallbladder from the patient in a cholecystectomy. Though the mortality rate for this procedure is relatively low (.05 percent of surgeries), post surgery recovery involved a five day hospital stay and at least three to six weeks of convalescence. Other alternative treatments for gallbladder problems include : oral bile acid dissolution therapy, extraction of the gallbladder through a catheter, or fragmentation of the gallbladder through shock wave lithotripsy combined with dissolution techniques. Because these procedures do not remove the gallbladder, these alternatives may lead to reoccurring gallstone problems.

Laparoscopic cholecystotomy surgery is an innovative gallbladder technique first performed in the United States in 1988. A laparoscope is a video camera device that allows medical professionals to view the internal structures of the gallbladder and vital structures. In laparoscopic cholecystotomy , an open operation is not necessary. Laparoscopic cholecystotomy involves making several small abdominal incisions where trocars are inserted , allowing the surgeon to perform the operation using laparoscopic visualization to remove the gallbladder from the body.

Laparoscopic cholecystotomy must be done properly in order to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences. Careful care must be taken to identify, isolate, and divide the cystic duct and artery for the removal of the gallbladder in laparoscopic cholecystotomy surgery. The benefits of laparoscopic cholecystotomy include shorter post-op hospitalization (one or two days) and shorter recovery time (one to two weeks). Pain caused by laparoscopic cholecystotomy is comparatively less than from traditional techniques. The drawbacks to this surgery include higher instances of bile duct injuries and medical malpractice risks.

If you have had a laparoscopic cholecystotomy and been injured as a result of medical malpractice from this procedure, you may wish to speak to a medical malpractice attorney who can advise you of your rights and options in a case.

For more information on laparoscopic cholecystotomy injury cases, please contact us today. We are specialized in handling medical malpractice suits and can quickly determine if you should pursue your case.


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James P. Howe Law Offices
36 South County Commons Way C6, Wakefield RI 02879
Phone : (401) 788-0600   Fax: (401) 788-0605

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