Post Surgical Injuries from Colonoscopies: Oregon Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Lawyer

Post Surgical Injuries from Colonoscopies: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Discusses


A colonoscopy is an important part of preventable and diagnostic care for patients.  This is particularly true the older that a patient is.  But more doctors are recommending colonoscopies in younger individuals who may show some signs and symptoms of colon, rectal, or other intestinal problems or potential cancers.  This is because colonoscopies, while invasive, are not destructive, damaging, or otherwise overly debilitating.  Even though they are unpleasant and may require a patient to take 2-3 days off from work, there are no lasting effects or damage.


For most patients.  Post surgical injuries from colonoscopies are unfortunately common.  One study found that these injuries exist in 2% of all colonoscopies, which does not sound like a lot but there are approximately 14.2 million colonoscopies every year.  Meaning there could be as many as 284,000 victims every year, which is about 778 victims a day.  


Post surgical colonoscopy injuries could be caused by the trauma of the scope which causes perforations or lacerations inside the colon or rectum.  This could result in bleeding which could become infected easily given where the injury is located.  Other types of injuries could be caused by the sedative or anesthesia drugs.  This result could manifest itself more quickly such as the lack of oxygen during the procedure, aspiration pneumonia, overdoses to the sedative, or adverse reactions to the sedative.  Furthermore, reactions to the clean-out concoction to drink could cause abdominal pain and nausea which is also unpleasant.


Dangerous Conditions from Colonoscopy Errors: Bend Medical Malpractice Lawyer


The most dangerous conditions above from a colonoscopy are the perforations and lacerations.  This is because they may be completely undetected.  Initially, a surgeon has a general duty to cause no harm to the colon or rectum during a colonoscopy.  Under the proper care and treatment, including using intentional and deliberately slow movements, a surgeon should not injure the colon or rectum during a colonoscopy.


But when damage inside the colon or rectum is caused by a colonoscopy scope, the surgeon has a duty to identify, evaluate, and treat the injury.  Some surgeons are moving too fast and will not even realize they caused and injury.  This is particularly dangerous because it can result in infections which take days to manifest itself.  By the time the infection is detected, it may be so widespread that it could result in sepsis and a body-wide infection.  This could threaten a patient’s limbs, including his or her hands or feet in an amputation.


Other times that damage inside the colon could occur is when a surgeon takes a biopsy or removes a polyp.  When a polyp is removed, it should be tested for cancer.  If the poppy is removed too aggressively, the lining of the colon may be pierced.  If that occurs, an infection could take place which results in very serious infection.


Post Surgical Injuries from Colonoscopies are Serious and Need to be Evaluated by a Bend Medical Malpractice Lawyer


If you or a loved one may have injured during a colonoscopy anywhere in Oregon please call Kuhlman Law, LLC.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including 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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