Clips Used During Kidney Donation Could Lead to a Medical Malpractice Claim August 15, 2012.

Giving a friend, family member, or stranger a kidney can be a positive life-changing event for both parties; however, if a mistake is made during the surgery and/or follow-up care, the results could be devastating. That’s what happened to at least 12 people who underwent surgery to donate a kidney to a loved one, according to CNN Health. The improper use of surgical clips caused major bleeding into the abdominal area.

Many times, a surgeon will use tiny surgical clips to hold arteries closed. This is usually safe, except in the case of a laparoscopic kidney donation surgery. The clips are too large and can slip off, causing internal bleeding and death. These mistakes have been attributed to poor instruction on how to use the clips from the manufacturers and negligent doctors who continue to use the clips for laparoscopic surgery on the kidneys despite warnings not to.

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