Studies indicate that nearly 75% of surgical errors actually occur during surgery, with the remaining occurring either during pre or postoperative care.
Common Types of Surgical Errors
Other than operating on the wrong body part, performing the wrong surgery, and operating on the wrong patient, the following surgical errors are most commonly seen in surgical malpractice cases: the following surgical errors are most commonly seen in surgical malpractice cases:
- Leaving medical equipment inside the patient
- Using non-sterile surgical instruments
- Anesthesia failures and miscalculations resulting in lack of oxygen, brain damage, and/or death
- Nerve damage
- Punctured organs
- Performing the incorrect procedure
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Damaging organs, nerves, or tissues during surgery
- Providing inadequate care after surgery
Dangers of Surgical Errors
The deadliest error is from incorrect anesthesia. One slip-up can cause brain death before any other action can happen. Plus, there aren’t many treatments for these injuries.
Other medical personnel could treat infections or organ punctures if the doctor notices signs and symptoms quickly. However, an infection is an indirect surgical error. The surgeon may have performed the surgery correctly, but an unknown mistake caused the infection. For example, he or she may have left a tool unsterilized, or bacteria may have gotten into the air vents during surgery. The cause may be purely accidental, but compensation should be given for the illness.
Signs and Symptoms of Surgical Errors
Even when surgeons implement safety procedures, such as counting equipment, checking and verifying the patient and surgical plan, and taking breaks to check over intense, sharp pain at or near the surgical site, mistakes still happen. Be aware of symptoms of possible surgical errors if experiencing these symptoms:
- Burning pain when urinating
- Abdominal pain
- Redness, soreness, or swelling near surgical wounds and ports
Many of these symptoms are not just simply side effects of surgery. Some patients may ignore certain symptoms. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can also occur if a surgeon fails to diagnose an infection after surgery. For example, a staph infection at the surgical site can mimic after surgery symptoms. Only an MRI of the surgical site can diagnose certain staph infections and physicians may be hesitant to take such action after surgery. This may result in a need to reopen the surgical site in order to remove dead and infected bone and tissue.
Help After a Surgical Error
If you believe you have suffered as a result of a surgical error, contact us immediately. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has the complex litigation experience needed for a successful litigation after a painful surgical error.
If you are facing life-altering complications or have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, contact us today. We can help you fight for the compensation you need to cover pain and suffering, economic damages, and more. You should not have to suffer silently from malpractice within the health care industry. Let us protect your legal rights and help you in the pursuit of justice. Our consultations are completely free.