Bowel Resection Surgery Errors NJ
New Jersey Lawyers for Colon Surgery Malpractice Victims
A bowel resection surgery, also known as a colectomy or ileostomy, is a relatively common, although highly invasive, surgery. Generally, this type of medical procedure is performed in response to a significant medical need, including cases involving colon cancer, colon damage, ulcerative colitis, and intestinal blockage. Given the serious nature of this surgery, medical errors during bowel resections can lead to serious complications. In some cases, patients are left to suffer the harmful effects of negligence during these procedures for the rest of their lives. If you have been a victim of malpractice related to colon surgery, get the vital information you need from Fronzuto Law Group, a dedicated New Jersey medical malpractice firm. Our attorneys concentrate primarily on medical malpractice law in order to provide the most experienced, knowledgeable legal counsel to victims of surgical errors and other medical mistakes. Call 973-435-4551 to discuss your particular case or fill out a form online to request a free consultation.
What is Bowel Resection Surgery?
In simple terms, bowel resection surgery involves the surgical removal of a damaged area of your colon. After the damaged portion is excised by a surgeon, the surgeon will reattach the remaining sections of the colon. Bowel resection surgeries can be performed on either the large or the small intestine. When performing the procedure, a doctor will typically administer anesthetic, cut into your abdomen, expand your abdomen with gas, remove the damaged section of your bowel, reattach and reseal the bowel to the remaining sections of bowel, and sew up the incision in your abdomen. Alternatively, the surgery can involve the implementation of an external waste management system via a stoma in your abdomen.
Complications from Bowel Resection Procedures
As you might expect, this is a highly invasive procedure with significant risks. Although most patients survive bowel resection surgery, complications can arise in connection with the procedure, particularly in cases involving medical errors and other forms of malpractice. Potential complications of bowel resection surgery include:
- Heart attack
- Blood clots
- Difficulty breathing
- Damage to organs
- Hernia at the incision site
- The resealed intestine opening up at the site where it was sealed (anastomosis);
- Intestinal blockage with scar tissue.
Seeking Compensation for Colon Surgery Mistakes
Given the sensitive nature of a bowel resection surgery, doctors and nurses inevitably have many opportunities to make mistakes or provide substandard care in connection with the procedure. When medical negligence during intestinal surgeries occurs, this gives rise to a potential claim either by the patient, or, in the most extreme cases of patient death, his or her estate.
A negligent medical team may follow improper procedures when conducting the surgery, prescribing medicine or monitoring the patient following the surgery, obtaining informed consent prior to the procedure, or failing to adequately sterilize the surgical environment or tools. The surgeon may even damage the intestine itself or other organs during the surgery. While examples of medical malpractice during bowel resection surgery abound, any and all of these errors may increase your risk of suffering severe effects.
Consult a Bowel Surgery Negligence Lawyer in New Jersey
If you suffered complications from bowel resection surgery and you suspect that the surgeon or another medical professional may have contributed, you should find out if you have a potential claim. The highly qualified medical malpractice attorneys at Fronzuto Law Group are here to examine your unique situation and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact our local New Jersey offices at 973-435-4551 to learn more about your chances of recovering money damages, which can pay for the cost of continuing treatment and further compensate you and your family for undue suffering.