A man had his gallbladder removed using laparoscopy. This is known as a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. The physician failed to recognize that he clamped off the common bile duct during the surgery. Shortly after, the patient returned with pain, vomiting and abdominal distension. Still, the surgeon failed to recognize the problem.

The patient ultimately was correctly diagnosed and required extensive open laparotomy to correct the problem.