Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a case of medical negligence? [Supreme Court]
By - Jani CB
Cholecystectomy, either open or laparoscopic, is one of the most typical operations performed by the general surgeon, gastrointestinal(G.I.)/hepatobiliary (HPB) or laparoscopic surgeon. It is now well-established that laparoscopic cholecystectomy is associated with a two to three times higher risk of bile duct injury (BDI), about 0.5%, than open cholecystectomy. Moreover, BDI during cholecystectomy is a common cause of litigation of medical negligence against the surgeon. The complainant brought a medical negligence action against the surgeon DrGurmit Singh (OP-1), and the OP-3 at DMCH. In our view, OP-1 and OP-3 were not negligent in their duty.
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