Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Cases: Maximizing Your Client's Recovery

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Cases: Maximizing Your Client's Recovery: "Top Ten Tips:
1. Know the anatomy
2. Know the indications for surgery
3. Know the risks of surgery
4. Know the instruments used during surgery
5. Know the indications for intraoperative cholangiogram
6. Know the proper surgical technique
7. Know the complications
8. Know the repair techniques
9. Know the likely defenses
10. Know your damages"
When I first read this list, I thought it was a guide for surgeons to help them manage difficult surgical challenges which they may encounter during laparoscopic cholecystectomy ( commonly called "lap choly" , a commonly performed operation to remove a diseased gallbladder). Turns out this is a guide for lawyers, who want to sue surgeons on behalf of their patients who have had complications during a lap choly ! If doctors are going to have lawyers peering over their shoulders everytime they enter the OR, most are going to stop accepting difficult patients ! Why take the risk - let the patient suffer ! Maybe his lawyer will help him deal with his pain !

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