Bowel Resection after Colonoscopy Error: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Botched Colonoscopy Resulting in a Bowel Resection: Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney Shares Errors Caused by Healthcare Providers


One of the most important preventative tests that a person may undergo is a colonoscopy.  This is because polyps in the colon can be easily removed before they turn cancerous, which is when they can become deadly.  The side affects of a colonoscopy are generally unpleasant but not painful or debilitating.  The cost-benefit analysis greatly tips in favor of having a colonoscopy as opposed to allowing cancer to fester and grow.  Further, research indicates that colonoscopy complications only exist in approximately 2% of all cases.  However, as an Oregon medical malpractice lawyer, I know that this risk is much higher than it sounds.


This is because there are over 14 million colonoscopies performed each year in the United States.  That 2% of complications now becomes over 280,000 victims a year.  This means that almost 800 Americans a day will suffer complications from a colonoscopy.  Even if the majority of those complications are only mild reactions or injuries, there will be a substantial enough group of people with catastrophic injuries post colonoscopy.  Many of these victims will be injured due to the Oregon medical malpractice of a healthcare provider who made reckless, careless, and sloppy errors.


Catastrophic Colonoscopy Errors Causing Bowel Resections 


A bowel resection is one of the most debilitating and painful injuries that a patient can endure.  Just as it sounds, this is when a part of a person’s bowel is removed.  This can be the colon or large intestine.


There are several types, including:


  • Proctocolectomy – removal of the colon and rectum;
  • Subtotal colectomy – removal of the colon but not the rectum; and
  • Partial colectomy – removal of part of the colon but not the rectum.


The need to perform a bowel resection after a colonoscopy is highly suspicious for Oregon medical malpractice.  This is because the most common cause for the need to remove a bowel resection is an infection.  This can easily occur when a healthcare provider hits or perforates a part of the colon, rectum, or intestines during a colonoscopy.  If the injury is not detected or properly repaired, it will quickly get infected and be very difficult to treat.  Even an infection lasting a day can result in significant enough damage to the perforated area where it may need to be removed.


If the infection is really not detected quickly it can become septic.  A septic infection is extremely dangerous and can result in the loss of limbs or even cause a wrongful death.  This is when the infection is so prolific that it actually infects the blood, spreading the bacteria throughout the body and to every single organ.


Did You Need a Bowel Resection After a Colonoscopy?  You May be the Victim of Oregon Medical Malpractice


If you or a loved one may have injured during a colonoscopy which resulted in a bowel resection after the colonoscopy, anywhere in Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, as well as Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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