Surgery is sometimes necessary for someone’s healing or to improve their quality of life. A hip replacement procedure can help an aging adult or someone with a severe athletic injury maintain an active lifestyle. A tumor removal procedure could help prevent the spread of a possibly deadly form of cancer.
Surgeons are professionals with years of training and plenty of professionals support. Patients trust them with their lives. Unfortunately, operations can open the door to certain catastrophic medical mistakes.
Inadequate cleaning can lead to infections
Surgical environments should be sterile, and those performing or assisting with surgery have to ensure that their bodies and any tools they handle are appropriately clean. Patients also required diligent cleanliness while recovering from surgery. Unfortunately, corner-cutting might mean that patients get exposed to pathogens after surgery. Between 2% and 5% of operations result in significant infections.
Anesthesia errors can put someone’s life at risk
The drugs used to dull someone’s sense of pain or to render them unconscious are as powerful as they are dangerous. Mixing the wrong drugs, failing to check family history and not performing allergy testing could also result in tragic outcomes due to a preventable anesthesia error.
Surgeons and their assistants can make life-altering mistakes
The medical professionals performing the procedure can sometimes make inexcusable mistakes. For example, they could operate on the wrong body part or perform the wrong procedure. There is also the risk of foreign objects getting left behind in a patient’s body. Any of these surgical mistakes could complicate someone’s recovery or even result in death.
Recognizing the kinds of surgical errors that could constitute medical malpractice can help patients and their loved ones take action after a botched surgery.