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What can I do to prepare myself for surgery?

You place a great deal of trust in your medical team when you go in for a surgical procedure. In most cases, surgery goes well, with few complications during or after the procedure. However, even the most skilled doctors and nurses make mistakes, and hospital errors are not uncommon in New York and elsewhere. You may reduce the chances of developing a serious complication when you are informed and prepared before and after your surgery.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, secondary infections and other complications often occur after surgery. The following tips can help prepare you, reduce your risks and give you peace of mind about your recovery:

  • Consult with your surgeon before the procedure and bring a list of questions and concerns you may have.
  • Research your condition, the surgical procedure and other possible treatments with reputable sources so you are educated about what is coming up.
  • Check out the medical facility’s track record for surgical mistakes, professionalism and cleanliness.
  • Get clear instructions on your post-surgical care, medications and common complications during recovery.
  • Ask a close family member or friend to be your health care advocate in the recovery room and bring him or her with you to your follow-up appointments.
  • Understand and follow your post-surgical instructions, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need clarification.

What are the risks of robotic surgery?

Recently, a viral video touted the miraculous advancement of robotic surgery methods by showing the machinery performing an intricate procedure on a grape. While you may understandably be impressed by this technology, you and other New York residents might also have questions and concerns. Just how safe is robotic surgery? Have there been any accidents?

Like any surgical procedure, especially a new one involving complicated technology, robotic surgery has not been without mishaps, according to BBC News. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois and the Rush University Medical Center compiled a report that has attributed 144 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries to complications involving robotic surgical procedures in the United States. You may find the following reported accident types worrisome:

  • Broken machinery parts falling into patients’ bodies while they are sedated
  • Inaccurate error codes or interrupted video feeds disrupting a procedure
  • Machinery experiencing sudden, uncontrolled movements or spontaneously powering on and off
  • Burning and charring caused by electrical sparks

What happens if breast cancer treatment is delayed?

If a New York doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with breast cancer, it is imperative that you begin treatment right away. Failure to begin treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible may result in an increased risk that the cancer will spread, which means a reduced survival rate. If your doctor delays your treatment for reasons that are out of your control, do not take the delay lightly.

According to BreastCancer.org, delaying breast cancer treatment for any amount of time can result in worse outcomes. The article echoes several studies' findings which show that delaying surgery by 30 days and chemotherapy by 90 days can lead to worse survival rates. One such study that the article refers to involved more than 24,000 women, all of whom had a diagnosis of between stage I and stage III breast cancer. Of the participants, 21 percent began chemotherapy within 30 days of diagnosis, half started chemotherapy within 31 to 60 days, 19.2 percent began treatment within 61 to 90 days and just 9.8 percent started treatment after 90 days. To determine the consequences of delayed treatment, researchers considered cases in which women began treatment after 90 days.

What are the causes and risks of fetal death?

According to findings published in VeryWell Family, roughly six of every 1,000 births that occur between 20- and 27-weeks is a stillbirth. Early stillbirth, which occurs when the fetus is between 20- and 27-weeks gestation, is only slightly more common than late stillbirths, or those that occur after 28 weeks. Sadly, roughly one in four stillbirths will not have an explanation. If you recently experienced a stillbirth in New York, you may have several questions, the biggest of which is ? This post will do its best to answer your questions.

As mentioned above, 25 percent of stillbirths will occur without any medical explanation. The remaining 75 percent generally occur because of one of six reasons. Those reasons are as follows:

  •       Genetic abnormalities
  •       Placental dysfunction, which often causes fetal growth restriction
  •       Congenital birth defects
  •       Placental disorders such as placental abruption
  •       Uterine rupture
  •       Complications with the umbilical cord 

Adverse event versus side effect

Many people often use the terms "adverse event" and "side effect" interchangeably but doing so can have grave consequences. In brief, an adverse event is an unintended pharmacologic effect that occurs when a New York health care provider administers a medication correctly. A side effect, on the other hand, is a secondary unwanted effect that occurs because of drug therapy. Because the brief explanation may cause more confusion than it alleviates, this post explores both adverse events and side effects more in-depth.

According to an article published in Pharmacy Times, an adverse event is an undesired occurrence that occurs when a patient takes a medication correctly. Adverse events fall into one of two categories: Type A and Type B. Type A reactions are commonly dose-dependent and can range in severity. A health care provider can often predict these types of events. Type B reactions, on the other hand, are completely unpredictable and occur less frequently than Type A reactions. They often occur because a patient has an allergy or intolerance of which the provider was unaware. These events often occur because of an oversight on the provider's part.

What is Cephalohematoma and is it dangerous?

The last thing any new parent wants to hear is that their little one sustained an injury at birth. Though doctors do not intentionally do so, they often make matters worse by using big terms that do not adequately explain a child's condition but instead, strike fear into the hearts of new parents. If your New York OB/GYN or a hospital specialist mentioned the term in conjunction with your child, you may fear for your little one's health and livelihood. Before you panic, it is important to better understand CH, its symptoms and the typical prognosis.

According to Healthline, between one and two percent of all babies will develop CH during or after birth. It is not dangerous and will often heal itself within several weeks to a few months. CH is characterized by a bulge on the back of your baby's skull. This bulge contains blood that sits atop of the skull, meaning the brain is not affected. Before the bulge heals, you will notice that it hardens. This means the blood is calcifying. After a few weeks, the bump will slowly shrink. In some cases, the center of the bulge will disappear first, leaving a crater-like spot at the back of your baby's head.

Most dangerous intersections in New York City

Car accidents happen all over New York City every single day, including Kew Gardens. One Kew Gardens Hills resident lost his life in a fatal collision that took place on 150th Street and Jewel Avenue. 

Although auto accidents can happen anywhere in the city, they are more likely to happen in some areas over others. Officials around New York City have taken measures to decrease the number of collisions that occur in the area, such as reducing the speed limits on some streets. You should be extra cautious in some intersections, because even if you are a great driver, you never know how skilled other people are. 

Why is your doctor unable to diagnose your condition?

There is little else as frustrating as going to visit your doctor in New York, only to leave your appointment with no diagnosis and no solution. Unfortunately, this issue is not uncommon as your symptoms may not fit a standard set of symptoms that your doctor may be looking for to identify a working treatment plan. So, it leaves the question, why was your doctor unable to make a conclusive decision about what you are experiencing?

While doctors go to school for an extensive period of time and are required to undergo rigorous requirements for training and field experience, there are undoubtedly times when a patient's symptoms simply do not make sense. In these types of situations, you may be recommended to a specialist or given an alternative solution that will hopefully work as you try to cope with the discomfort you are experiencing. 

Being aware of the risks of surgery can keep you safer

If you are preparing to receive surgery in New York, your doctor has probably given you a set of strict instructions to follow as you anticipate your treatment. Following these instructions closely is imperative to your safety as you undergo surgery and go forward with your recovery. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we have helped victims of surgical errors to work toward getting compensation for their injuries. 

One of the best things you can do once you have been recommended to get surgery is to get a second opinion. Compare the information provided to you by the various health care providers you have seen and make a decision based off of characteristics such as experience, willingness to answer your questions and recommendations for a treatment option that you feel will best suit your needs and lifestyle. 

A look at the effects of emotional abuse on the elderly

When families in New York transition their aging loved one to a nursing home facility, they often go to great lengths to guarantee that the establishment they have selected is one that will be a comfortable fit and is capable of providing thorough and compassionate care. Unfortunately, there are times when due to poor training, inadequate focus or even blatant ignorance, policies are violated that put the health, safety and wellbeing of the residents at risk. 

One of the forms of abuse that may occur in a nursing home setting is emotional abuse. According to Psychology Today, some of the common signs of emotional abuse include the following:

  • Isolation or withholding needed affection and social interaction. 
  • Ignoring another person's needs and desires. 
  • Sarcasm, shaming, name-calling and other forms of verbal abuse.
  • Excessive criticism and public embarrassment.
  • A constant barrage of comments that cause the victim to feel at fault for any problems. 
  • Ignorance from the perpetrator to accept responsibility for his or her actions. 

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