The title gastroenterologist refers to a medical professional who specialises in the treatment and surgery of conditions involving the liver, bowels and pancreas. The have a responsibility to ensure their actions are current, correct and effective.
Patients who have been referred to a gastroenterology department, specifically for gastrointestinal issues, should be confident that they will receive an accurate diagnosis, often through a gastroenterology endoscopy, followed by the correct course of treatment. However, in some circumstances, surgery can be followed by undesirable complications, either stemming from neglect during surgery, or as a result of the standard of aftercare given.
How Does This Happen?
Gastrointestinal procedures encompass the following disciplines as treatment for gastroenterology diseases and afflictions:
- Rectal Surgery
- Gastric surgery
- Placement of gastrostomy tubes
- Biliary tract surgery
In terms of risk, there are various complications that can be encountered during gastroenterological surgery:
- Perforations and injuries can be mistakenly inflicted upon the neighbouring organs
- Infections may be contracted, during surgery or recovery
- Issues surrounding Thrombosis may develop, which in turn can lead to heart difficulties
- It is often the case that any injury could have been avoided by the operating surgeon exercising good practice
Specific examples of preventable complications during gastrointestinal surgery include:
Patients may develop a blockage within their intestine; this can be either partial or full blockage, which has the potential to lead to intestinal failure.
After poor gastrointestinal surgery, patients may suffer an intra-abdominal abscess, whereby infected fluid builds within the abdomen. This can be caused by a ruptured appendix, inflammatory bowel disease, a ruptured intestinal diverticulum, or any other infectious conditions which may affect the abdominal cavity. This is particularly harmful if doctors fail to spot the symptoms after surgery, allowing the infection to progress.
This condition develops following gastrointestinal surgery, whereby an injury has been inflicted upon the gallbladder, or surrounding abdomen; allowing it to become inflamed, causing an excess of bile.
Caused by an infection of a trauma, symptoms include – pain in the upper abdomen, tenderness, swelling, vomiting, fever or a rapid pulse.
A potential side effect of gastrointestinal surgery, tetanus can be caused by bacteria being contracted through incisions made in the abdominal area. This causes extreme tightness of muscles throughout the body.
This condition is characterised by an unusual opening, which causes the stomach and intestinal contents to leak. A second surgery is normally required to rectify the damage. This condition can be caused by a gastrointestinal obstruction, or if surgery causes injury to the abdomen.
Observant and efficient gastroenterology nursing should ensure that any of the above complications are identified quickly, allowing them to be treated with haste and expertise.
Where a patient has suffered due to avoidable complications, or a delay in treating them, a claim for gastroenterology compensation can be made.
How Can We Help?
Here at Asons we have a team of knowledgeable medical negligence solicitors in place, who are skilled in pursuing clinical negligence claims against gastroenterology negligence to the full extent of the law. Through diligent case work, our medical claims solicitors are able to ensure that victims are awarded the medical negligence compensation they deserve, so that they may use the awarded funds to help them recover from their medical malpractice ordeal.
Whatever the case, we help our clients by providing first-class legal advice, and support, which transcends legal boundaries, ensuring they can cope with the entirety of their situation.
If you believe that you have suffered as a direct result of negligent gastroenterological care, such as a misdiagnosis, then you should seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Medical negligence claims are fiercely defended by medical experts, and you will need equally experienced solicitors on your side.
Our clinical negligence experience is gained at the cutting edge of medical negligence case law, and this expertise allows us to pursue complex claims without losing sight of what’s important. We’ve dealt with a number of negligent gastroenterological care claims in the past, so we know exactly what to expect, and which medical matters to focus on. By working this way, we can ensure the greatest possible outcome for our clients, and their negligent gastroenterological care compensation.
We understand that the consequences for victims are far reaching; many will suffer physical symptoms, whilst others may experience financial hardship as a result of time taken off work. These situations can be hard to cope with, and the resulting stress can elicit psychological consequences.
In the face of medical authorities, many feel powerless to complain, so very few victims come forward with their gastrointestinal surgery claims. It’s for this reason that we do everything we possibly can to make the process as easy, and as straightforward as possible. However, with this in mind, you need to come to us quickly; there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
As with any medical negligence claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your case for compensation. To help, we have a variety of options available and we have specialist teams in place who will aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to. For Free, expert advice on pursuing a gastrointestinal surgery claim, call us today on 01204 521133.