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Higher rate of complications found from emergency surgery

According to a study, emergency gallbladder surgery has been found to carry with it a higher risk of complications than planned surgery. The results of the study, carried out at a large U.S. hospital, could apply to any state, including Pennsylvania.

According to reports, the study reviewed data from a period over 8 months and included nearly 600 gallbladder surgeries. Of the operations studied, 22 patients were found to have a total of 35 complications. More than 90 percent of the night-time surgeries were emergency procedures. Having surgery after 7 p.m. and being an older male were both associated with an increased risk of complications.

The findings were presented during an annual meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. According to a spokesman, the study indicated a need for further research. The data and conclusions were considered to be preliminary in nature until formally published.

A spokesman also indicated that identifying at-risk patients may be an additional way to reduce complications. Scarring of the bladder is believed to lead to post-surgery complications. It's felt that by diagnosing a patient before scarring occurs, future problems could be avoided. Taking into consideration the results of the study, it may also be reasonable to believe that some surgical complications might possibly be caused by surgical errors.

Surgery patients would be considered prudent to have their procedures scheduled earlier in the day; however, this may not always be possible. There are unfortunately only limited precautions that surgical patients can take to protect themselves from such errors. If a patient has suffered as a result of an error on the part of anyone connected to a surgical complication, they could seek the counsel of medical malpractice attorneys who may help them receive compensation for their suffering.

Source: US News & World Report, "Complications More Likely With Emergency Gallbladder Surgery: Study", July 03, 2013

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