Gallbladder Surgery may be one of the most common surgeries in the United States. It has been estimated that around 60,000 to 80,000 people have Gallbladder removal surgery in the US each year and many more worldwide. Yet there are still plenty of ways for this relatively safe surgery to go wrong for an individual, and these mistakes might happen even with experienced surgeons. Read this article to learn the possible risks of Gallbladder surgery and its dangers for the patient.
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6 Ways a Gallbladder Surgery Can Go Wrong
1. The drains may be too shallow
Inexperienced surgeons may not know that the drains they use will be too shallow, and the surgeon might be unable to remove all of the gallbladders. If this happens, most of the gallbladder will remain in the person’s body, a significant risk factor for another problem called re-accumulation.
2. The drains are not connected in a continuous loop
A loop in which drains are connected through tubes is needed to ensure that each drain is emptied into a 1″ wide tube and then back into another drain.
3. The drains are not connected with tubes that have tapered ends
The problem comes when the loop has two or more drains connected by larger tubes with tapered ends that don’t allow the one size down to drain back into the Drains. It might happen again with the same surgeon who did not use a T to join them in a continuous loop, and so it will result in the waste of a lot of the Gallbladder getting left behind for re-accumulation.
4. The drains have been removed before the gallbladder
The surgeon might mistakenly believe that the gallbladder has already been removed in early cases, resulting in him removing the drains before the gallbladder. It can also happen if a person has biopsy samples and puts a wire through the biopsy hole, and then it becomes very easy for him to do surgery with the drain hole from inside out instead of outside in.
5. The drains are not left long enough after surgery
If there is not much bleeding during or after surgery, the surgical team may remove one or both drains before they should have been taken out. Sometimes they will clear the drain that is doing its job, and thus one won’t empty the gallbladder.
6. The drains have been removed before the person wakes up after surgery
Suppose the person’s surgery lasts longer than four hours. In that case, it is highly recommended that a doctor stays in the hospital for an extra twelve hours to make sure that everything heals properly and to keep another problem from happening called Re-Accumulation of Gallstones, also known as Rapid Recurrence. By staying in the hospital, a doctor can make sure that there are no problems, and they can remove Drains if needed.
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