Every medical professional practicing “medicine” must use reasonable
care when treating patients. This is the basic duty that all doctors are
held to and if there is a breach in this duty, a patient may sue the medical
professional in order to receive compensation for damages sustained during
the course of treatment. This includes during the course of surgery where
surgical errors can be deadly.
The deviation from proper treatment may be from any sort of negligent act,
whether from improper care, unskilled treatment, or anything else. So
long as the deviation occurred within the scope of the doctor patient
relationship and during the course of treatment, the patient can seek
civil compensation so long as the deviation cause injury that gave rise
Experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorneys know that medical malpractice occurs in the surgical setting, among other
settings. Moreover, there are several common mistakes that reoccur in
the medical setting. For example, errors commonly occur during back surgery
and gastric bypass procedures. Additionally, anytime a person’s
body is invaded for surgical care, the possibility of accidental organ
puncture is unfortunately likely.
Types of Errors Arising out of Surgery:
You should know first and foremost that surgical errors can and do occur
in almost every type of operation. While some errors are unique to the
type of surgery, some mistakes can happen in any kind of surgery, no matter
what the surgery is aiming to correct.
For example, any surgery that requires the use of anesthesia, and most
surgeries do require such, comes with the possibility of anesthesia related
errors. Too much anesthesia can be administered, and even too little.
Incisions have been made on the wrong part of patients’ bodies and
even on the wrong patient entirely. Surgeons have performed the entirely
wrong surgery on some patients. Surgical instruments have been inadvertently
left inside patients. This happens whether the surgery was an appendectomy,
spinal surgery, or cardiac surgery, just to name a few.
Surgical Errors Arising out of Back Surgery:
Back surgery is very common; most people reading this post will have had
this type of surgery or at least known someone who has undergone back surgery.
Most errors and consequences stemming from negligent back surgery fall
into one of several common categories. The injuries commonly effect the
spinal cord itself, there will be temporary paralysis, permanent paralysis,
other types of nerve damage, and even infections that could have been avoided.
As mentioned above,
anesthesia errors occur, surgical instruments are left in the patients’ bodies, but
also veins and or arteries have been negligently clipped and or severed.
As you can imagine, these types of errors can completely alter the course
of the patient’s life.
Gastric Bypass Medical Negligence:
Experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Kingston, New York and throughout the Hudson Valley region have seen
a rise in the amount of litigation about medical negligence occurring
during gastric bypass procedures. This is in part due to the fact that
more and more people are electing to have this procedure. However, it
is also due to the fact that surgeons are continually committing the same
type of mistakes regardless of the surgery; for example, failing to receive
proper informed consent from the patient.
Gastric bypass surgery carries with it several common complications such
as kidney damage, postoperative leakage, gallstones, and even postoperative
malnutrition. Patients must be adequately informed of these issues prior
to surgery. If they weren’t made aware and they or a similar patient
in their shoes would not have consented to the surgery if those risks
were known, then the doctor has committed malpractice.
Surgical Organ Punctures:
Lastly, organs are accidentally punctured during the course of countless
surgical procedures. Colonoscopies, appendectomies, and gallbladder surgeries
type of negligence. When this happens, patients are exposed to additional procedures, possible
sepsis, and even organ failure. Patients are also exposed to a greater
risk of infection and blood clotting.