Surgical mistakes, such as wrong-site surgery, can have a drastic impact on a person's life. Imagine needing to have your left leg amputated and waking up to find that they accidentally amputated your right leg -- and that the left one still has to go in a separate procedure. This type of massive error is irreversible.
When surgery is taking place, there could be many complex aspects of the case. The surgeon has to concentrate to avoid making mistakes. Simple errors, like cutting just a little too deeply, could cause a serious bleed and lead to a patient dying on the table.
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.
More than a few decades ago, hospitals were not a big part of American health care. They were open only to critically ill people or patients with a specific malady, while many family doctors would make trips to patients' homes. Now, the hospital is home to much of our diagnostic and corrective medical care.
Imagine being a patient with significant gynecological issues. As a result of your constant pain and the dysfunction within your body, you and your surgeon decide that vaginal mesh could help. You go through with the operation, but you never really heal. Infections continue to flare, and chronic pain keeps you up at night. Eventually, you have to have the device removed. This was a complication, but was it normal? In this case, it may have been a problem with the surgical implant.
When patients are wheeled into the operating room, they place their lives in the hands of trusted surgical professionals. In addition to ensuring the right procedure is performed on the correct patient and confirming that no surgical instruments are left behind in the operating site, it is critical to make sure the patient is given the right anesthesia. Anesthesia errors can lead to permanent injuries, long-term complications and death. Patients may wake up in a paralyzed state during the operation or may fail to wake up once the procedure is finished if they are given the wrong dose of anesthesia.
New Yorkers in the hospital often worry about becoming a victim of medical errors and with good reason. CNN Health estimates that medical errors may be the third-leading cause of death in America. Surgical errors account for a large portion of this and may be the most frightening.
When a person in New York must have a surgery or one of their family members requires an operation, it is logical to have concerns and questions. Understanding the nature of the procedure, the pre-surgical instructions and what to expect after the operation can all be important in helping to allay any fears and prepare for the surgery. These things, however, may not be able to guard against all of the concerns a patient or their loved ones may have as many complications can arise from mistakes that happen during the operation itself.
Having an anesthesiologist place you under anesthesia can prove highly unnerving, but more than 40 million patients across New York and the nation are “put under” every year. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that anytime medical professionals place you under anesthesia, you face certain dangers, and there is potential for error and hardship anytime you receive treatment using anesthesia.
When you go in for surgery, you place your life in the hands of those operating on you. You may go into the operating room with the notion that the surgeon performing the procedure will give you their undistracted attention and concentrate fully on your operation. Yet, distractions occur and some medical professional’s thirst for more money may have them dividing their attention amongst a variety of things while performing your procedure.