The shoulder is the most complicated joint in the human body. Sure, the hip and knee had a lot of moving papers and are very important, but the shoulder is just very complex and easy to permanently injure. The shoulder is smaller than the hip too, which makes it even more difficult for surgeons to work within. There are tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscles, bones, veins, arteries, and nerves all going through an area not much bigger than your fist.
Even though it is very complicated and difficult, that does not meant that it excused New York medical malpractice. A surgeon who undertakes a surgery cannot use the complexity of the shoulder as an excuse. In fact, many orthopedic surgeons who will operate on the shoulder are specialized in just the shoulder.
Common mistakes in shoulder surgeries which are medical malpractice include the following:
- Nerve injuries;
- Negligent nerve blocks;
- Rotator cuff injuries;
- Scar tissue formation;
- Excessive bone loss;
- Damage to veins;
- Damage to arteries;
- Improper mend on broken bones;
- Broken tool;
- Foreign object left in patient;
- Damage to muscles or tendons;
- Improper position of arm;
- Excessive treatment;
- Unnecessary shoulder replacement.
- Improper use of pins, plates, screws, or other hardware;
- Brain injury due to anesthesia errors;
- Wrongful death; and
- Other devastating injuries.
Shoulders are very complicated but that means surgeons needs to be very careful and exercise a high degree of skill. But with all surgery, the best approach is to take a more conservative and non-surgical approach. Meaning, patients shoulder forego surgery whenever possible. When there is a need for surgery, arthroscopic or minimally invasive surgeries are best. A shoulder replacement is incredibly invasive, destroys bone, and is irreversible. These types of surgeries are a last resort. If performed too soon, it is actually medical malpractice—even if the surgery is a great success!
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