A perforated bowel means that the bowel was torn or cut. This can be catastrophic, even life threatening, as when a bowel is cut its contents, which is full of bacteria, spill into the patient’s abdomen or abdominal lining (peritoneum). As a result of this a patient may suffer from infection or disease such as sepsis, serious problems such as the requirement for addition surgery or to wear a colostomy bag, or even death.
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our top rated Michigan medical malpractice attorneys represent patients victims who suffer perforations of the bowel during surgery. Some of the most common surgeries where a doctor or surgeon commits the medical error of perforating the bowel include an EDG, colonoscopy, hysterectomy surgery and other laparoscopic surgeries. This is because many of these procedures are near the bowel.
It is the standard measure of care and responsibility of the medical professional performing the invasive surgery to examine the bowel during the surgery to ensure there have been no cuts or injuries to the bowel.
Unfortunately, some surgical procedures do carry the risk of bowel perforation. However, a doctor or surgeon who does perforate a patient’s bowel may very well be guilty of medical malpractice, particularly if they cut the bowel and do not detect that they did. Generally speaking, the earlier a perforation is repaired, the better outcome for a patient. In fact, if the doctor or surgeon detects that the bowel is cut during surgery, they can take action right then and there to repair the colon.
However, if the medical professional does not detect the perforation during surgery and as a result you suffer significant injuries or have a poor outcome you may be able to purse a lawsuit for your complications.
If you or your loved one has suffered or continues to suffer from a perforated bowel that took place during surgery call our top rated Michigan medical malpractice attorneys today to discuss your case. We will give you free legal advice and advise you on your legal rights. We will collect all of your medical records, review them with a board certified doctor and determine whether or not you are able to file a claim.