Have you Been Seriously Injured Due to the Medical Negligence of a Surgeon?

John Fisher
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All surgical procedures carry some risk.  However, patients reasonably expect that their surgeon, anesthesiologist, and other health care professionals present during the surgery will be careful.  It is unfortunate though that this is not always the case.  Every year there are thousands of people who are affected by surgical errors that are preventable.  Any operation can have surgical errors, regardless of how routine.  However, there are some procedures where surgical errors are more common than others, such as:


  • Abdominal surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Childbirth
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery


Examples of surgical errors include:


  • Delaying corrective surgery
  • Leaving surgical instruments or sponges inside the body
  • Performing the wrong procedure
  • Performing and unnecessary procedure
  • Making an incision in the wrong place
  • Puncturing or lacerating an organ
  • Operating on the wrong body or the wrong patient
  • Anesthesia errors


When surgical errors are made they can often be severe.  The results can include:


  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding
  • Delayed healing
  • Paralysis
  • Organ damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Septic shock
  • Post-surgical infections
  • Physical deformity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychological and emotional problems
  • Death


Surgical errors do not only occur during the surgery.  They can also occur during post-operative surgical care.  These types of complications depend on the type of surgery that was performed.  They may occur immediately after the surgery or weeks or months later.  Common complications related to post-operative care include:


  • Adverse drug events
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Disordered healing
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Pneumonia and other respiratory complications
  • Thromboembolism
  • Urinary problems such as renal failure


People who suffer from surgical errors can suffer from lifelong complications.  The victim and the victim’s family may have to live in a new way.  Wages may be lost.  Recovery may require a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and counselors.  Victims may not be able to return to the way they lived pre-surgery.  Others may suffer from permanent disability, chronic pain, and have a shorter life span full of suffering. 


If a victim of surgical malpractice dies, the family will be facing the sudden of loss of their loved one.  This also includes the loss of financial support, funeral and medical expenses, the loss of inheritance, and for the victim’s children, the loss of the parent’s nurturing and guidance. 


But what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at [email protected]  You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com

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