Common Surgical Errors that Lead to Medical Malpractice

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Surprisingly patients have died due to surgical errors. Common errors include removing the wrong organ or limb, conducting surgery on the wrong patient and leaving surgical instruments inside the body. According to the World Health Organization surgeons and specialist work on about 300 wrong patients yearly. In addition, about 2,500 patients receive surgery on the wrong body part yearly.

If you or a loved one has recently received surgery, it’s recommended to check if the right surgery was performed. Once you confirm it was performed, check the healing progress. Sometimes a doctor might recommend surgery to help improve a situation, but it turns out worse than before. Sometimes doctors recommend surgery’s that aren’t necessary.

If you aren’t feeling well after a surgery is performed or you feel pain or discomfort in an unusual part of the body you should request an x-ray. Sometimes surgeons accidentally leave instruments inside the body. This might seem odd, but it happens more often than you think. Sometimes the instruments cause damage to organs and other parts of the body because it has sharp edges. It’s essential that you speak up immediately if you sense or feel something isn’t quite right. It’s also wise to get a second opinion from another physician.

The most common errors are:

  • Anesthesia Issues that result in brain damage, lack of oxygen or death
  • Punctured organs
  • Nerve damage
  • Leaving surgical tools inside the body

A common issue after surgery is an infection. Most doctors generally have a strict procedure they follow that helps prevent infections. Preventative steps include keeping the surgical wound clean on a regular basis and prescribing antibiotics.

If you or your loved one has surgery and experiences an infection either inside the body or outside, you need to get it cared for immediately. It’s essential to treat the infection and have a healthy body before concerning yourself with a lawsuit. However, it is important that you take pictures or videos of the infected area if you can see it plus make copies of medical records stating the cause of the infection and treatment.

One of the most difficult situations is when a loved one passes away during surgery. The cause of death needs to clearly determine whether it was due to surgical error or another cause. This is a very sensitive area and speaking to an attorney is recommended.

If you or a loved one has experienced surgical errors, contact us today for further assistance.