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Common Bile Duct Injuries Continue To Occur At Alarming Rate In Laparascopic Surgery For Removal Of Gallbladder

Mar 20, 2007 — by Gary Zucker

One of the most common medical malpractice cases at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. involves injury to the common bile duct during surgical removal of the gallbladder. Since 1990, when laparoscopic cholecystectomy was approved, it has grown in popularity and is currently the most common surgery performed in the United States for removal of the gallbladder. This surgery has obvious advantages over the open surgery where a large incision is made and the abdomen opened. Laparoscopic surgery entails four very small incisions through which instruments and a camera are placed and allows the surgeon to view the gallbladder and surrounding structures on a television monitor which magnifies the image to 12 times its normal size. Surgical clips are then placed on the cystic duct which connects the gallbladder to the common bile duct. 

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