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Bowel perforation is a serious life-threatening complication that can cause prolonged hospitalization and even death. When the bowel or colon is torn, perforated or nicked, its contents spill into the abdominal area or the peritoneum. Because bowel contents are highly caustic and contain bacteria, a severe inflammatory and infectious process — called peritonitis — usually results. The first priority when treating this condition is to stop the continued seepage of bowel into the abdomen. This is done by re-routing the portion of the colon above the tear, perforation or nick to the outside of the body. This is called a "colostomy." Many patients have both emotional and functional difficulties with colostomy. Fortunately, the colostomy usually can be reversed and the colon reconnected within six to nine months. Even after the colostomy is reversed, however, patients typically require time for their bowel functions and stamina to return to normal.
Unfortunately, some surgical procedures carry a risk of bowel perforation. Depending on the procedure, this risk may be truly unavoidable; alternatively, it may be preventable with proper surgical technique. In either event, the patient should be informed of this risk prior to undergoing the surgery. Likewise, the patient should be advised if the surgical approach is "novel" or "experimental." If a surgery is "novel" or "experimental," the surgeon should provide the patient with information regarding the traditional surgical approaches.
In surgeries where bowel perforation is a recognized complication, the patient's care providers should be alert to this possibility and detect a bowel perforation as soon as possible. Ideally, the perforation is detected during the surgery that caused the perforation. In this situation, the colon can be repaired within the operating room. Generally speaking, the earlier a perforation is repaired, the better the patient's outcome. As such, the prompt detection of a colon perforation is critical.
If you or your loved one has suffered or continues to suffer from a perforated bowel, you need to contact an experienced trial lawyer at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber. We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. Our attorneys can help you determine whether the doctor violated the standard of care, and whether the damages involved warrant legal action. As with any legal question, the specific facts of a situation are what determine whether you have a viable legal claim for the suffering you or your loved one endured.
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