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Perforated Bowel Malpractice

During abdominal procedures such as appendectomies, colonoscopies, laparoscopic surgeries, or hysterectomies, of the procedure, bowel perforations may (or may not) be a risk.

At times, a bowel perforation can occur in the absence, due to advanced disease or dense scar tissue, of medical negligence.

The surgeon is the best individual, however, to know if the patient is at risk for perforated bowel.

It is the surgeon that identified initially whether the intestine or bowel was at risk for bowel perforation.

The Issues of Bowel Perforation

If the surgeons, therefore, are aware of the frail status of your abdomen, why do some of them suspect a perforated bowel when the patient displays indications postoperatively that may suggest bowel perforation?

Recently, a jury had a similar question when a woman had to undergo a hysterectomy. Despite excruciating postoperative abdominal pain, her surgeon neglected to recognize the bowel could’ve been perforated.

Only after a second opinion, which was too little, too late, a discovery was made that the woman suffered from sepsis, bowel perforation, and failure of multi system organs, which resulted in her demise.

It is a renowned fact, true, that each one of us has variant levels to tolerate pain.

One patient with bowel perforation may feel gassy or feel some discomfort, while someone else with a perforated or ruptured bowel may thrash around in bed, crying out and sweating.

That’s why it’s crucial to look past external indications, and investigate internal indications for a perforated bowel malpractice.

It is subjective when considering the level of abdominal pain a patient experiences. The pain tolerance, in other words, doesn’t mean a thing as far as what is happening within the body.

What the body of a patient and lab values confirms to the physician, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or other medical providers subsequent to a procedure, or abdominal surgery is what matters. 


An individual has to consider the lab values, bowel sounds, abdominal distention, food tolerance, and gas pattern, as well as any other issues that are objective to see if complaints of pain indicate bowel perforation or a catastrophic issue.

After an abdominal surgery, a perforated bowel, is not entirely caused by perforated bowel malpractice. However, a delay in its diagnosis can be.

Rather than believe that you may not have a case, it is best to contact and attorney immediately. No individual should have to feel he is she is alone when considering filing a lawsuit due to injuries, suffering and pain sustained.

Regarding what occurred, you deserve to know the truth. Attorney specializing in medical malpractice can help you seek whatever answers you need. The attorneys are committed to holding liable healthcare professionals for errors that result in extensive harm, or loss of life.

You may be entitled to receive compensation from perforated bowel malpractice.

If you or a family member has sustained a perforated bowel after septic shock, sepsis, surgery or death, it could be a result of medical negligence or improper care after surgery. You can file a lawsuit for perforated bowel malpractice.

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