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Surgical errors: Using surgery centers comes with risk

| Dec 2, 2019 | Surgical Errors

Surgical procedures can be very costly, even if you have insurance. This is why more and more New York residents are choosing to have their surgeries performed in a surgical center instead of a hospital. These centers are typically more affordable.

In most cases, patients receive quality treatment. However, having your medical procedure done in a surgical center may not be as safe as you once believed. The risk of surgical errors, anesthesia errors and other mistakes may be more prevalent in surgery centers as opposed to other clinical settings.

In 2018, Kaiser Health News and USA Today investigated surgery centers, which now number more than 5,600 nationwide. What they found was disturbing. Between 2013 and 2018, at least 260 patients died in these centers. About 14 of these deaths occurred during or after complicated spinal procedures. However, dozens of other deaths occurred after relatively routine procedures such as tonsillectomies or even colonoscopies.

It’s wise to investigate thoroughly before agreeing to have an operation in such a center. Find out about the history of the facility, including its volume of surgical errors and other dangerous medical mistakes.

While no invasive medical procedure is 100% free of risk, you can enhance your safety and improve your prognosis by performing the proper due diligence. If you do suffer injuries in a surgical center, the information you collected before your procedure may help if you decide to seek a legal remedy.

Please continue exploring our website for additional information about your legal options in the wake of surgical errors or other forms of medical negligence.

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