Medical negligence claims could be reduced by ground breaking surgery

Ground breaking new surgery in the treatment of pre-cancerous growths

The London North West Healthcare NHS Trust have pioneered a new way of operating on precancerous cells in the bowel. The new technique allows growths to be removed without damage to the rectum. The rectum is the only part of the colon that is prone to the growth of exceptionally large polyps. They are not cancerous per se, but if they are left untreated they may develop into cancer.
Surgery to remove these polyps has historically been performed using a technique called endoscopy. This often results in damage being caused to the healthy part of the rectum.

This is a life-changing technique that can prevent the necessity for a colostomy bag.

Sadly the removal of rectal polyps using traditional methods often damages the rectum beyond repair. This results in a patient having to use a colostomy bag and take a large number of drugs for life.

The new surgery is set to dramatically decrease the problems associated with pre-cancerous bowel growths. It has been carried out on 20 people. Patients who were completely incapacitated have gone on to return to work with no complications.

Susan Liver is a Clinical Negligence specialist and a partner at Birchall Blackburn Law. She said: “Birchall Blackburn law have acted for clients who have been unfortunate to suffer clinical negligence in bowel operations. The effect of negligence in this type of surgery can produce life-altering consequences. The use of a colostomy bag places restrictions on the quality of life that our clients enjoy. We welcome this new technique and anticipate that it will reduce the number of negligence claims following bowel surgery.”

The pioneering surgery combines two surgical practises. Laparoscopy is used alongside endoscopy. This allows a doctor to move the polyp away from the wall of the rectum. A second doctor is then able to safely cut it off without damaging the rectal wall.

This method will not be suitable for use on advanced bowel cancer. It can be used to remove polyps that are not cancerous. It may also be appropriate for use on patients who have bowel cancer that is caught very early.

It is thought that as many as 400 patients could be suitable for the new surgery each year. This would greatly reduce their risk of complications and increase the chances of them living a normal life after the procedure.

Complications associated with bowel surgery can be incredibly upsetting for both the patient and their family. Negligent surgery can leave patients in both physical pain and emotional distress.

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