Bowel perforations are a distressingly common surgical complication. A bowel perforation often occurs when a surgeon has to separate internal structures in the abdomen and does so without proper attention to detail. At Zucker & Regev, P.C., our lawyers represent men and women who have suffered bowel perforations.View transcript
We've had many cases involving bowel perforations that occured during surgery. These are cases where the structures within the abdomen are adherent to each other, rather than separate and free-floating, usually as a result of having prior surgery and the formation of scar tissue, which causes these structures to stick to each other. In those cases, the doctor has to do very often what's a lysis of adhesions, which is to carefully separate the structures. And during that procedure, it is possible to inadvertently perforate the bowel. So it is important therefore for the doctor to carefully inspect the bowel, to make certain there are no perforations before leaving the operating room. In the cases we've had, the doctors have failed to pick up these perforations, and the patients have become very sick, and they end up having to have a colostomy. So this is one of the most common type cases we have in our office. In these cases, it's very important to view the operative report to see whether there was a careful inspection of the bowel.