What are the Most Common Surgical Errors?
Many may think that surgical errors only occur during major procedures like open heart or brain surgery, when in reality they can occur during even the most routine procedures. When surgical errors happen patients can require additional surgery to fix damage, suffer pain from unnecessary injuries, and in extreme cases, death can occur. Some of the most common surgical errors include:
Anesthesia: When a surgeon fails to give a patient enough anesthesia, they can wake up during surgery which can result in a frightening experience coupled with tremendous pain. When a patient receives too much anesthesia, it can result in brain damage or death. Mistakes related to anesthesia are the most common and severe surgical errors.
Foreign objects left in the body: During a surgical procedure, items such as pads, scalpels, and clamps can get left inside the body cavity of a patient. This is a serious oversight which can result in pain, infections, and death.
Nerve damage: One risk during all surgical procedures is that a nerve could be damaged from the slip of scalpel. A severed nerve can result in disability, pain, and ongoing infections for the rest of the patient’s life.
Surgery performed on the wrong patient: Although this may seem impossible, hospitals with poor protocol and inadequate communication between doctors, can result in healthy organs being removed from a patient who came in for a completely different procedure.
Wrong side surgery: Similar to operating on the wrong patient, doctors who fail to communicate clearly amongst themselves and other hospital personnel, can result in the wrong side of a patient being operated on during surgery. An example would be a patient’s healthy kidney being removed, instead of the diseased kidney.
If you or loved one has suffered injury or loss of life from surgical errors, it is imperative that you contact a personal injury attorney right away. The legal team at KG Law is here to represent you in your case. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.